Trachusoides

Taxonomy

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

Overview

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.

Diversity

Trachusoides contains 2 species: T. simplex and T. elsieae (Michener 2007; Griswold 2015); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.

Diagnostic characteristics

(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).

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Distribution

Trachusoides simplex occurs in southern India, and T. elsieae occurs in Laos (Michener 2007; Griswold 2015).

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<p><em>Trachusoides simplex </em>female face, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Trachusoides simplex female face, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Trachusoides simplex</em> female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Trachusoides simplex female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Trachusoides simplex </em>female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Trachusoides simplex female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner
<p><em>Trachusoides simplex </em>female T6, photo: C. Ritner</p>
Trachusoides simplex female T6, photo: C. Ritner