Larinostelis

Taxonomy

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

Overview

Larinostelis are robust, black bees with extensive yellow markings that have a body length of 6.5 mm (Michener 2007). This genus is known from a single female specimen.

Diversity

Larinostelis contains 1 species, L. scapulata (Michener 2007); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada (Michener 2007).

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Michener 2007)

May be confused with

Larinostelis can share a lot of characters with species in the genus Epanthidium. Larinostelis can be distinguished by the lack of scopal hairs in the female.

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Distribution

Larinostelis scapulata occurs in Kenya (Michener 2007).

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<p><em>Larinostelis scapulata</em> female face, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Larinostelis scapulata female face, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Larinostelis scapulata </em>female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Larinostelis scapulata female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Larinostelis scapulata</em> male abdomen, photo: T. Brady</p>
Larinostelis scapulata male abdomen, photo: T. Brady