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Anthophora sp.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Tribe: Anthophorini
Genus: Anthophora
Latreille, 1803

The bee genus Anthophora is one of the largest in the family Apidae, with over 450 species worldwide in 14 different subgenera. They are most abundant and diverse in the Holarctic and African biogeographic regions. All species are solitary, though many nest in large aggregations. Nearly all species make nests in the soil, either in banks or in flat ground; the larvae develop in cells with waterproof linings and do not spin cocoons. Males commonly have pale white or yellow facial markings, and/or peculiarly modified leg armature and hairs. Anthophora individuals can be distinguished from the very similar genus Amegilla by the possession of an arolium between the tarsal claws.

Species include:

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  • C. D. Michener (2000) The Bees of the World, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  1. ^ Michael C. Orr; Terry Griswold; James P. Pitts; Frank D. Parker (12 September 2016). "A new bee species that excavates sandstone nests". Current Biology. 26 (17): R792–R793. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.08.001.

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