IDENTIFICATION PAGE #1


FOR WILD BEES
OF THE NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER

Mission, Texas

CONFIRMED ID's March - April 5, 2019

2. Lithurgopsis littoralis (female)


Size:  14-15 mm (female)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas prickly pear

(Opuntia engelmannii)

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Lithurgopsis littoralis woodborer bee - (c) Copyright 2019 Paula Sharp

Female bee

Lithurgopsis littoralis woodborer bee - (c) Copyright 2019 Paula Sharp

Female bee

These are images of a male bee found in the same area on prickly pear cactus.  The made bee was, identified as Lithurgopsis littoralis. 

Lithurgopsis littoralis (female)

 

Size:  14-15 mm (female)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas prickly pear

(Opuntia engelmannii)

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Lithurgopsis littoralis wood-borer bee - (c) Copyright 2019 Paula Sharp

Female bee

Female bee

Coquilleti Leafcutter (possibly)

Megachile (Litomegachille) possibly coquilletti

Size: 13-14 mm (female)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas thistle 

(Cirsium texanum)

Plat Family:  Asteraceae

April 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Megachile parallela leafcutter female - (c) Copyright 2019 Paula Sharp

Female bee

Megachile parallela leafcutter female - (c) Copyright 2019 Paula Sharp

Female bee

Parallel Leafcutter
Megachile parallela

Size:  11-12 mm (male)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Blanketflower 

(Gaillardia pulchella)

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Male bee

Male bee

CONFIRMED IDENTIFICATIONS MARCH 26 - April 1, 2019

Lithurgopsis littoralis   (male)

This male bee was identified on bugguide by John Ascher in March -- see:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/1646063


Size:  14 mm (male)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas prickly pear

(Opuntia engelmannii)

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Male bee

Male bee

Melissodes (Tachymelissodes) opuntiellus
 

Size:  8 mm (male)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Red prickly poppy 

(Argemone sanguinea )

March  2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Male bee

Nomia fedorensis (not tetrazonata)

Size:  9  mm (male)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Berlandier's fiddlewood

(Citharexylum berlandieri)

Plant Family:  Verbenaceae

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

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Male bee

Megachile policaris

Size: 13  mm (male)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye

(Viguiera stenoloba)
Plant Family: Asteraceae

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

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Male bee

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Osmia (Diceratosmia) subfasciata
(chewing on Opuntia englemannii)

Size:  12  mm (female)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas Prickly Pear

(Opuntia engelmannii)

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

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Female bee

Xylocopa mexicanorum

Size:  22  mm (female)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas Prickly Pear

(Tecoma stans)

Sept., Nov., 2018, March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

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Female bee

CONFIRMED IDENTIFICATIONS APRIL 1, 2019

Diadasia rinconis

Size:  11-12  mm (male)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas Prickly Pear

(Opuntia engelmannii)

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Male bee

Male bee

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Diadasia rinconis (male)

Size:  11-12 mm (male)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Golden prickly poppy 

(Argemone aenea )

March  2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Male bee

Is this in all likelihood the same species as that shown at the top of the page?  It was found in a different location, and not on cactus.

Since posting this, we received your message that these male bees may be using pricly poppies solely as a resting place, but not as a food source.

Diadasia rinconis (female) (probably)

or Diadasia australis (possibly)

Size:  12  mm (female)

Associated plant at NBC:  
Texas Prickly Pear

(Opuntia engelmannii)

March 2019  

Detailed Photographs: 

Female bee

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Last updated November 2019

 1-15-19