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Perdita is a large genus of small bees native to North America, particularly diverse in the desert regions of the United States and Mexico. There are 634 currently recognized species of Perdita, plus an additional 127 subspecies and many more species that remain undescribed. Perdita are usually quite small (2.0 mm to 10.0 mm) and often brightly colored with metallic reflections and/or yellow or white markings, and among the few lineages of bees incapable of stinging. The genus was extensively treated by P.H. Timberlake who, in addition to T.D.A. Cockerell, described most of the known species. Most species are extreme specialists (oligoleges) with respect to pollen and will only collect pollen from a few closely related species or genera of plants.
- Perdita Identification Guide (female)
- Perdita Identification Guide (male)
- List of Species
- Worldwide Species Map
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