Perdita (genus)

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Perdita luteola, female, face 2012-08-01-16.02.40 ZS PMax.jpg
Perdita luteola, female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Andrenidae
Subfamily: Panurginae
Genus: Perdita

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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.[1] 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.

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  1. ^ Portman, Zachary M.; Griswold, Terry (2017). "Review of Perdita subgenus Procockerellia Timberlake (Hymenoptera, Andrenidae) and the first Perdita gynandromorph". ZooKeys. 712: 87–111. doi:10.3897/zookeys.712.14736.

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