Genus: Afrostelis Cockerell, 1931
Common name: none
Afrostelis are small, black bees with a slender, elongate build that range in length from 4–6 mm. They lack colored markings on the head, thorax, and abdomen (Michener 2007).
(modified from Michener 2007 unless otherwise stated)
Afrostelis looks similar to other cleptoparasitic anthidiines, such as Stelis, Austrostelis, Hoplostelis, Larinostelis, and Xenostelis. Afrostelis can be distinguished from these other genera by the combination of elongated scutum, posteriorly enlarged tegula, and male genitalia (Michener and Griswold 1994; Michener 2007).
There are no known invasives.
Afrostelis is a cleptoparasite, but its host bees are unknown (Michener 2007). It has been suggested that Heriades is a possible host of Afrostelis (Michener 2007). Presumably, Afrostelis utilizes a wide variety of floral nectar resources for sustenance and relies on the pollen provisions of its host to provide for its young.
Afrostelis occurs from Tanzania and Congo (Kinshasa) to Namibia and Cape Province, South Africa (Michener 2007).