Genus: Trachusoides Michener and Griswold, 1994
Common name: none
Trachusoides are large bees with a body length of 12 mm. They have a black head and thorax and a yellowish-red abdomen (Michener and Griswold 1994). This genus is only known from female specimens; male Trachusoides are unknown.
contains 2 species: T. simplex
and T. elsieae
(Michener 2007; Griswold 2015
); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.
(modified from Michener 2007 unless otherwise stated)
May be confused with
Trachusoides is similar in form to Apianthidium and Trachusa but can be differentiated by the simple tarsal claws in the female (Michener and Griswold 1994).
There are no known invasives.
Floral associations are unknown.
Nesting behavior is unknown.
Trachusoides simplex occurs in southern India, and T. elsieae occurs in Laos (Michener 2007; Griswold 2015).
Trachusoides simplex female face, photo: C. Ritner
Trachusoides simplex female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
Trachusoides simplex female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner
Trachusoides simplex female T6, photo: C. Ritner