Anthidium (Nivanthidium)


Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Anthidiini
Genus: Anthidium Fabricius, 1804
Subgenus: Nivanthidium Pasteels, 1969
Common name: none


Anthidium (Nivanthidium) are robust, shiny, black bees with limited markings on the abdomen (Michener 2007). Along the lateral margin of the abdomen, there are dense areas of white hairs. They range in body length from 9–14 mm (Michener 2007).

Diagnostic characteristics

(modified from Michener 2007)

May be confused with

Anthidium (Nivanthidium) are superficially similar to bees within the genus Serapista because they are both large, robust black bees with dense white hairs on the abdomen (Michener 2007). However, A. (Nivanthidium) can be differentiated from Serapista due to the weak axillar suture, carinate pronotal lobe, and large, flat scutellum (Michener 2007).

Host associations

Floral associations are unknown.

Nesting behavior

Nesting behavior is unknown.


Anthidium (Nivanthidium) consists of one species, A. niveocinctum, which is not known to occur in the U.S. or Canada (Michener 2007).

Known invasives

There are no known invasives.


Anthidium (Nivanthidium) occur in eastern and southern Africa (Michener 2007).

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<p>Fig 1, <em>Anthidium niveocinctum</em> female face, photo: Chelsey Ritner</p>
Fig 1, Anthidium niveocinctum female face, photo: Chelsey Ritner
<p>Fig 2, <em>Anthidium niveocinctum</em> female lateral habitus, photo: Chelsey Ritner</p>
Fig 2, Anthidium niveocinctum female lateral habitus, photo: Chelsey Ritner
<p>Fig 3, <em>Anthidium niveocinctum</em> female abdomen, photo: Chelsey Ritner</p>
Fig 3, Anthidium niveocinctum female abdomen, photo: Chelsey Ritner