Genus: Hackeriapis Cockerell, 1922
Common name: none
Hackeriapis are bees with black integument on their head and thorax and often reddish integument on some terga. They have white, gray, black, red, or orange hairs throughout their bodies, although red and orange hairs are common on their abdomens (King 1994; Michener 2007). They are a morphologically diverse genus and range in body length from 5–18 mm (Michener 2007). These bees were formerly considered a subgenus of Megachile, but was raised to genus status by Gonzalez et al. (2019).
Hackeriapis may be confused with Rozenapis as they have a similar appearance and share the characteristic of reddish terminal terga (Gonzalez et al. 2019). However, Hackeriapis females lack the large conspicuous spine on S1 that is found on Rozenapis females. Further, male Hackeriapis have a basal tooth on their tarsal claws which is absent in Rozenapis (Gonzalez et al. 2019).
Hackeriapis have been observed visiting flowers of the plant families Apocynaceae, Goodeniaceae, Fabaceae, Flacourtiaceae, Liliaceae, Myoporaceae, Myrtaceae, Papilionaceae, and Violaceae (King 1994; Donovan et al. 2013).
Hackeriapis have been observed using a number of pre-existing cavities for nesting, including abandoned nests of potter wasps, Eucalyptus seed pods, and man-made objects such as outdoor table umbrellas or folded newspapers (Houston 2018). These bees use resin, masticated plant matter, and downy plant fibers to construct their nests (Houston 2018). One species, H. aurifrons, has been recorded building their cell partitions out of pollen provisions (Houston 2018). Some species are known to nest in aggregations, where several females build nests in the same crevice (Houston 2018).
There are no known invasives.
Hackeriapis occur in New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Australia, including on the island of Tasmania (Michener 2007; Donovan et al. 2013). In New Guinea, they are found within the savanna (Michener 2007).