Genus: Haetosmia Popov, 1952
Common name: none
Haetosmia are robust, black bees with dense white or pale hairs covering much of their bodies, and a spherical thorax. They range in body length from 5–7 mm (Michener 2007).
(modified from Michener 2007)
Haetosmia may be confused with Hoplitis due to their superficially similar appearance; however, females do not have modified bristles on the labial palps or dorsally bulging T7 in males (Michener 2007).
There are no known invasives.
All three species of Haetosmia are most likely specialized on Heliotropium (Boraginaceae) (Gotlieb et al. 2014). The second segment of the labial palp possesses modified spoon-shaped bristles that assist females in extracting pollen from the narrow flowers (Gotlieb et al. 2014).
The overall nesting habits of Haetosmia are not well known. Haetosmia vechti, H. circumventa, and H. brachyura nest underground by excavating burrows into sandy soil (Gotlieb et al. 2014; Müller 2018b). Urn-shaped cells are built in clusters or a linear series out of masticated leaf pulp mixed with small pebbles and sand grains (Gotlieb et al. 2014).
Haetosmia can be found in the Canary Islands, southern Morocco, Kenya, Egypt, Israel, Iran, western Pakistan, and central Asia (including Uzbekistan) (Michener 2007).