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Inventory of Bee Families and Species

 

The Inventory of Bee Families and Species is significantly different than the other inventories used with the Nature Guide's plants and animals. First, all families and species are listed by their scientific name, not their common name. Unlike most plants and animals listed in the Nature Guide, many bee families and species do not have common names. Bee families often have multiple common names; in many cases common names are applied to a family based on some of the common names used with genera that comprise the family. Family Apidae is an example of this approach.

 

The majority of individual bee species do not have common names specific to the species. Instead, many species simply use the genus name or in some cases a family common name. All nine species of mining bees listed in Genus Andrena are collectively called mining bee.

 

In addition to the different structure used with the Bee Inventory, each species listing is a link to a URL address from Discover Life, an on-line website dedicated to providing information pertaining to the identifi-cation of over one million species of living organisms (see Database in Bee section of the Nature Guide for a complete discussion of Discover Life).

 

For information pertaining to a bee family, click on the scientific name for the family (e.g., Apidae). For information pertaining to the specific species of bee comprising a bee family, click on the scientific name (e.g., Apis mellifera).

 

Andrenidae (Mining Bees)

   Andrena carlini (mining bee)

   Andrena commoda (mining bee)

   Andrena cressonii (mining bee)

   Andrena macra (mining bee)

   Andrena miserabilis (mining bee)

   Andrena nasonii (mining bee)

   Andrena perplexa (mining bee)

   Andrena violae (mining bee)

   Andrena wilkella (mining bee)

Apidae (Bumble Bees, Carpenter Bees, Honeybees)

   Apis mellifera (European honey bee)

   Bombus affinis (rusty-patched bumble bee)

   Bombus auricomus (black-and-gold bumble bee)

   Bombus bimaculatus (two-spotted bumble bee)

   Bombus fervidus (yellow bumble bee)

   Bombus griseocollis (brown-belted bumble bee)

   Bombus impatiens (common eastern bumble bee)

   Bombus perplexus (confusing bumble bee)

   Cemolobus ipomoeae (cemolobus bee)

   Ceratina calcarata (small carpenter bee)

   Ceratina dupla (small carpenter bee)

   Eucera hamata (long-horned bee)

   Eucera rosae (long-horned bee)

   Melissodes agilis (long-horned bee)

   Melissodes bimaculata (two-spotted long-horned bee)

   Melissodes desponsa (long-horned bee)

   Melissodes trinodis (long-horned bee)

   Melitoma taurea (mallow bee)

   Peponapis pruinosa (long-horned bee)

   Svastra obliqua (sunflower bee)

   Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee)

Colletidae (Plasterer Bees, Miner Bees, Masked Bees)

   Colletes latitarsis (plasterer bee)

   Hylaeus affinis (yellow-faced bee)

   Hylaeus mesillae (yellow-faced bee)

   Hylaeus modestus (yellow-faced bee)

Halictidae (Sweat Bees, Metallic Green Bees)

   Agapostemon texanus (metallic green bee)

   Agapostemon virescens (metallic green bee)

   Augochlora pura (sweat bee)

   Augochlorella aurata (sweat bee)

   Augochlorella gratiosa (sweat bee)

   Augochlorella persimilis (sweat bee)

   Augochloropsis sumptuosa (sweat bee)

   Halictus confusus (sweat bee)

   Halictus ligatus (sweat bee)

   Halictus rubicundus (sweat bee)

   Lasioglossum coriaceum (sweat bee)

   Lasioglossum fuscipenne (sweat bee)

   Lasioglossum truncatum (sweat bee)

Megachilidae (Leafcutter Bees, Mason Bees)

   Megachile inimica (leaf-cutter bee)

   Megachile mendica (leaf-cutter bee)

   Megachile montivaga (leaf-cutter bee)

   Megachile pugnata (leaf-cutter bee)

 

 

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