Icteranthidium

Taxonomy

Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Anthidiini
Genus: Icteranthidium Michener, 1948
Subgenera: none
Common name: none

Overview

Icteranthidium often have black integument with extensive yellow markings on their head and thorax, and many species have almost entirely yellow abdomens (Michener 2007). Their body length can range from 7.5–15 mm (Michener 2007).

Diversity

Icteranthidium consists of approximately 25 species (Michener 2007); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Michener 2007)

May be confused with

Icteranthidium may be confused with Dianthidium due to similar body form; however, Icteranthidium can be differentiated by the characteristics listed above.

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Many Icteranthidium are generalists and can be found visiting up to 15 flower species (Müller 1996). Some species, including I. cimbiciforme, I. fedtschenkoi, I. laterale, I. afrum, have been found to exclusively or primarily visit Compositae (Müller 1996).

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Distribution

Icteranthidium is distributed from Morocco and Portugal to Mongolia, and throughout southern Europe, northern Africa, and southeast Pakistan (Michener 2007). They also inhabit xeric habitats in Asia (Michener 2007).

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<p><em>Icteranthidium aff cinctum</em> male face, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium aff cinctum male face, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Icteranthidium aff cinctum</em> male lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium aff cinctum male lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Icteranthidium cinctum</em> male abdomen, photo: T. Brady</p>
Icteranthidium cinctum male abdomen, photo: T. Brady
<p><em>Icteranthidium discoidale</em> female pronotal lobe lamellate, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium discoidale female pronotal lobe lamellate, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Icteranthidium cinctum</em> male scutellum and axilla, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium cinctum male scutellum and axilla, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Icteranthidium laterale </em>female scutellum and axilla, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium laterale female scutellum and axilla, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Icteranthidium discoidale</em> female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium discoidale female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Icteranthidium grohmanni </em>male terga, T7 with midapical projection, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium grohmanni male terga, T7 with midapical projection, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Icteranthidium laterale</em> male sterna, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Icteranthidium laterale male sterna, photo: C. Ritner