Exomalopsis cf. bruesi


Exomalopsis cf. bruesi, bee image from Paracas, coastal Peru


Family: Apidae

Subfamily: Apinae

Tribe: Exomalopsini


Bees in the tribe Exomalopsini typically are very hairy and have bands of light-colored hairs on the dorsum. The head is narrow, viewed laterally. The scopa is large, plumose, and usually bi-colored. Most are ground-nesters (Griswold, et al., in Hanson and Gauld, 2006).

Members of genus Exomalopsis (as well as Augochloropsis) are the chief pollinators of Star Fruit. These bees also gather pollen on plants in genus Solanum by vibrating the flower's anthers.

Photo location: Paracas, Pisco province, Peru.

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