Benanthis

Taxonomy

Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Anthidiini
Genus: Benanthis Pasteels, 1969
Subgenera: none
Common name: none

Overview

Benanthis are slender-bodied bees that range in body length from 8–9 mm. They have black integument with yellow markings on their head and thorax, and they have medially broken maculate bands on the abdomen (Michener 2007).

Diversity

Benanthis consists of two species (Michener 2007); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Michener 2007)

May be confused with

Benanthis share many features with some species of Rhodanthidium. They differ in that Benanthis have a bilobed T7, while the T7 of Rhodanthidium males have 3 or 5 teeth. Additionally, female Benanthis have lateral teeth on S6, which are absent in Rhodanthidium.

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Distribution

Benanthis is endemic to Madagascar (Michener 2007).
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<p><em>Benanthis madagascariensis</em> female face, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Benanthis madagascariensis female face, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Benanthis madagascariensis </em>female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Benanthis madagascariensis female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Benanthis madagascariensis</em> female abdomen, photo: T. Brady</p>
Benanthis madagascariensis female abdomen, photo: T. Brady
<p><em>Benanthis madagascariensis</em> male T6 apical margin simple, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Benanthis madagascariensis male T6 apical margin simple, photo: C. Ritner