From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Sphecodes gibbus.jpg
Sphecodes gibbus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Halictidae
Subfamily: Halictinae
Genus: Sphecodes
Latreille, 1804
Type species
Sphecodes gibbus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

see text

Sphecodes is a genus of bees from the family Halictidae, the majority of which are black and red in colour and are colloquially known as "blood bees".[1] Sphecodes bees are cleptoparasitic on other bees, especially bees in the genera Lasioglossum, Halictus and Andrena. The adults consume nectar, but because they use other bees' provisions to feed their offspring they do not collect pollen.[2]


There are 349 known species in the genus Sphecodes.[3][2][4][5]


  1. ^ "Sphecodes monilicornis (Box-headed blodd bee". Stephen Falk. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Sphecodes". Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Sphecodes Latreille, 1804". GBIF.org. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ Petr Bogusch; Jakob Straka (2012). "Review and identification of the cuckoo bees of central Europe (Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Sphecodes)". Zootaxa. 3311: 1–41. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3311.1.1.
  5. ^ "Genus Sphecodes Latreille". An Annotated Catalogue of the Bee Species of the Indian Region. Dr. Rajiv K. Gupta. Retrieved 16 July 2017.