Indanthidium

Taxonomy

Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Anthidiini
Genus: Indanthidium Michener and Griswold, 1994
Subgenera: none
Common name: none

Overview

Indanthidium are small bees ranging in length from 6–7.5 mm. They have black integument with yellow maculations and abdominal bands, which are divided into four spots on most of their terga (Michener 2007).

Diversity

Indanthidium contains 1 species, I. crenulaticauda (Michener 2007); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Michener and Griswold 1994 unless otherwise stated)

May be confused with

Indanthidium may be confused with Anthidium due to their similar coloration: yellow abdominal bands are divided into four spots in both genera. Indanthidium can be differentiated by the punctured depressed marginal zone of T5 (Michener 2007). Indanthidium may also be confused with Pseudoanthidium due to similar arcuate subantennal sutures; however, they can be differentiated by the characteristics listed above (Michener 2007).

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Distribution

Indanthidium is only known to occur in southern India.

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<p><em>Indanthidium crenulaticauda</em> male face, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Indanthidium crenulaticauda male face, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Indanthidium crenulaticauda</em> male lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Indanthidium crenulaticauda male lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Indanthidium crenulaticauda</em> male abdomen, photo: T. Brady</p>
Indanthidium crenulaticauda male abdomen, photo: T. Brady
<p><em>Indanthidium crenulaticauda</em> male T7 apical margin denticulate, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Indanthidium crenulaticauda male T7 apical margin denticulate, photo: C. Ritner