Noteriades

Taxonomy

Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Megachilini
Genus: Noteriades Cockerell, 1931
Subgenera: none
Common name: none

Overview

Noteriades have a compact body form and overall black coloration, with small amounts of pale hair throughout the body, and white apical bands of hair on their terga (Michener 2007). They range in body length from 4.5–10 mm. The genus has recently been moved from the tribe Osmiini to Megachilini (Gonzalez et al. 2012).

Diversity

Noteriades contains 9 species described and as many as 6 undescribed species worldwide (Michener 2007); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Michener 2007)

May be confused with

Noteriades may be confused with female Pseudoheriades and Afroheriades, but can be differentiated by the characteristics above (Michener 2007).

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown; however, a female specimen has been seen at an entrance to a burrow in wood (Michener 2007).

Distribution

Noteriades is an Old World genus, and can be found in temperate and tropical regions of sub-Saharan Africa as well as in southern Asia in India, Burma, Myanmar, and Thailand (Michener 2007; Griswold and Gonzalez 2011).

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<p><em>Noteriades spinosus </em>female face, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Noteriades spinosus female face, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Noteriades spinosus</em> female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Noteriades spinosus female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Noteriades spinosus </em>female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Noteriades spinosus female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Noteriades jenniferae</em> female with longitudinal carina, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Noteriades jenniferae female with longitudinal carina, photo: C. Ritner