Bekilia

Taxonomy

Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Osmiini
Genus: Bekilia Benoist, 1962
Subgenera: none
Common name: none

Overview

Bekilia is monotypic: B. mimetica is the only species known. It is presumed to be parasitic due to its lack of scopa. The holotype has been lost, so its taxonomic placement is not certain, and it is not included in the key. It is even possible that it is a cleptoparasitic Anthidiini rather than Osmiini (Michener 2007).

Diversity

Only one species known; not known to occur in the U.S. or Canada (Michener 2007).

Diagnostic characteristics

(from Michener 2007)

May be confused with

not known

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown. If Bekilia is found to be parasitic, then the pollen provisions of hosts are used for its larvae (Michener 2007).

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Distribution

Bekilia is known only from Madagascar (Michener 2007).

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