Genus: Benanthis Pasteels, 1969
Common name: none
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).
Benanthis consists of two species (Michener 2007); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.
(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.
There are no known invasives.
Floral associations are unknown.
Nesting behavior is unknown.
Benanthis is endemic to Madagascar (Michener 2007).
Benanthis madagascariensis female face, photo: C. Ritner
Benanthis madagascariensis female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
Benanthis madagascariensis female abdomen, photo: T. Brady
Benanthis madagascariensis male T6 apical margin simple, photo: C. Ritner