Heriadopsis

Taxonomy

Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Megachilini
Genus: Heriadopsis Cockerell, 1931
Subgenera: none
Common name: none

Overview

Heriadopsis range in body length from 8–9 mm and have slender, slightly elongate bodies (Michener 2007). They have black integument with white hairs on the basal grooves of T2 and T3 as well as on the apices of the terga (Michener 2007).

Diversity

Heriadopsis consists of two species, H. striatula and H. whiteana (Michener 2007; Eardley 2013); none are known to occur in the U.S. or Canada.

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Michener 2007)

May be confused with

Heriadopsis resembles the Megachile subgenera M. (Chelostomoda), M. (Chelostomoides), and M. (Hackeriapis) in body form, but can be differentiated by the presence of arolia on the front and middle legs (Michener 2007).

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.

Distribution

Heriadopsis occurs in Congo, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and South Africa (Michener 2007; Eardley 2013).

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<p><em>Heriadopsis </em>sp. female face, photo: C. Ritner © Division of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute</p>
Heriadopsis sp. female face, photo: C. Ritner © Division of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute
<p><em>Heriadopsis </em>sp. female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner © Division of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute</p>
Heriadopsis sp. female lateral habitus, photo: C. Ritner © Division of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute
<p><em>Heriadopsis </em>sp. female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner © Division of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute</p>
Heriadopsis sp. female abdomen, photo: C. Ritner © Division of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute