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APIDAE (bees)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Family)

Andrena Fabricius, 1775 (mining bees)
Andrena (Andrena) clarkella (a solitary bee), eg: Andrena (Andrena) clarkella (a solitary bee) - Burrow entrances in bare soil beside woodland path Andrena (Charitandrena) hattorfiana (a solitary bee), eg: Andrena (Charitandrena) hattorfiana (a solitary bee) - Anterior view Andrena (Melandrena) cineraria (Grey Mining Bee), eg: Andrena (Melandrena) cineraria (Grey Mining Bee) - Front three-quarter view - close-up
Genus 6 subtaxa 6 ident refs
Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum (Linnaeus, 1758) (Wool-carder Bee) Species 1 subtaxon  
Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum subsp. nigrithorax Dalla Torre, 1877 (Wool-carder Bee (British Form With Dark Thorax))
Female - dorsal view
Anthophora (Anthophora) plumipes (Pallas, 1772) (Hairy-footed Flower Bee, Hairy Footed Flower Bee)
Female - dorsal view
Species   1 ident refs
Apis mellifera Linnaeus, 1758 (Honey Bee, Hive Bee)
Worker - lateral view
Bombus Latreille, 1802 (bumble bees, humble bees & cuckoo bees)
Bombus (Bombus) s.s. (bumble bees, humble bees), eg: Bombus (Pyrobombus) pratorum (Early Bumblebee) - Male - dorsal view Bombus (Psithyrus) (cuckoo bees), eg: Bombus (Psithyrus) rupestris (Hill Cuckoo Bee) - Female - dorsal view
Genus 16 subtaxa 14 ident refs
Coelioxys Latreille, 1809 (sharp-tailed bees) Genus   1 ident refs
Colletes (Colletes) hederae Schmidt & Westrich, 1993 (Ivy Bee)
Latero-dorsal view - close-up
Species   3 ident refs
Colletes (Colletes) succinctus (Linnaeus, 1758) (a solitary bee) Species   1 ident refs
Halictus Latreille, 1804 (end-banded furrow bees)
Halictus (Halictus) rubicundus (a solitary bee), eg: Halictus (Halictus) rubicundus (a solitary bee) - Specimen - dorsal view - wings apart Halictus (Seladonia) tumulorum (a solitary bee), eg: Halictus (Seladonia) tumulorum (a solitary bee) - Dorsal - wings apart
Genus 2 subtaxa 3 ident refs
Hoplitis (Alcidamea) claviventris (Thomson, 1872) (a solitary bee)
Female - dorsal view
Hoplitis (Hoplitis) adunca (a lesser mason bee) Species   1 ident refs
Hylaeus Fabricius, 1793 (yellow-face bees)
Hylaeus (Lamdopsis) annularis (a solitary bee), eg: Hylaeus (Lamdopsis) annularis (a solitary bee) - Male - dorsal view
Genus 1 subtaxon 3 ident refs
Lasioglossum Curtis, 1833 (base-banded furrow bees)
Lasioglossum (Dialictus) morio (Brassy Mining Bee, Green Furrow Bee), eg: Lasioglossum (Dialictus) morio (Brassy Mining Bee, Green Furrow Bee) - Female - dorsal view Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) calceatum (Slender Mining Bee, Common Furrow Bee), eg: Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) calceatum (Slender Mining Bee, Common Furrow Bee) - Male - dorsal view - wings spread Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) fulvicorne (a solitary bee), eg: Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) fulvicorne (a solitary bee) - Top view - wings apart Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) pauxillum (Lobe-spurred Furrow Bee), eg: Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) pauxillum (Lobe-spurred Furrow Bee) - On Dog Daisy capitulum - lateral view Lasioglossum (Lasioglossum) lativentre (a solitary bee), eg: Lasioglossum (Lasioglossum) lativentre (a solitary bee) - Abdomen - dorsal Unidentified Lasioglossum (Unidentified Base-banded Furrow Bees), eg: Unidentified Lasioglossum (Unidentified Base-banded Furrow Bees) - Entering burrow
Genus 7 subtaxa 3 ident refs
Macropis europaea Warncke, 1973 (Yellow Loosestrife Bee, Oil Collecting Bee)
Dorsal view
Megachile Latreille, 1802 (leaf-cutter and mud bees)
Megachile (Megachile) centuncularis (Patchwork Leaf-cutter Bee), eg: Megachile (Megachile) centuncularis (Patchwork Leaf-cutter Bee) - Dorsal view - on flower Megachile (Megachile) ligniseca (Wood-carving Leaf-cutter Bee), eg: Megachile (Megachile) ligniseca (Wood-carving Leaf-cutter Bee) - Male - dorsal view
Genus 2 subtaxa 2 ident refs
Nomada Scopoli, 1763 (nomad bees)
Nomada fabriciana (Fabricius' Nomad Bee), eg: Nomada fabriciana (Fabricius' Nomad Bee) - Female - dorsal view Nomada flava (a nomad bee), eg: Nomada flava (a nomad bee) - Male - dorsal view Nomada flavoguttata (a nomad bee), eg: Nomada flavoguttata (a nomad bee) - Female - dorsal view Nomada flavopicta (a nomad bee), eg: Nomada flavopicta (a nomad bee) - Visiting Ragwort - dorsal view Nomada marshamella (Marsham's Nomad Bee), eg: Nomada marshamella (Marsham's Nomad Bee) - Male - dorsal view
Genus 7 subtaxa 4 ident refs
Osmia Panzer, 1806 (mason bees)
Osmia (Neosmia) bicolor (Two-coloured Mason Bee), eg: Osmia (Neosmia) bicolor (Two-coloured Mason Bee) - Female - dorsal view - wings apart Osmia (Osmia) bicornis (Red Mason Bee or Masonry Bee), eg: Osmia (Osmia) bicornis (Red Mason Bee or Masonry Bee) - Male - dorsal view
Genus 4 subtaxa 4 ident refs
Panurgus calcaratus (Scopoli, 1763) (a solitary bee)
Dorsal view
Sphecodes Latreille, 1804 (blood bees)
Sphecodes gibbus (a solitary bee), eg: Sphecodes gibbus (a solitary bee) - Dorsal Sphecodes puncticeps (a solitary bee), eg: Sphecodes puncticeps (a solitary bee) - Upper side
Genus 2 subtaxa 1 ident refs
Xylocopa (Xylocopa) violacea (Linnaeus, 1758) (Violet Carpenter Bee) Species   2 ident refs

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Bumblebee pages: Bumblebee pages
Benton, E., 2006 Bumblebees
Edwards, M. & Jenner, M., 2005 Field Guide to Bumblebees of Great Britain and Ireland
Bumble bees: Bumble bees

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 22 general literature references to APIDAE (bees)

APIDAE may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)
(true insects)
(bees, wasps, ants, sawflies and parasitoid wasps, ants, bees and wasps)
(aculeates: bees, wasps and ants)
(solitary and hive bees)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 399 feeding and other relationships of APIDAE (bees)

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