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Nesting Biology of the Leafcutting Bee Megachile minutissima (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in Central Saudi Arabia

Polarization Microscopy and Topochemistry of the Cocoon of Lithurgus chrysurus (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)

A Survey and Historical Comparison of the Megachilidae (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Itasca State Park, Minnesota

Offspring Size and Sex Ratio Variation in a Feral Population of Alfalfa Leafcutting Bees (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)

Analysis of the diversity of Megachilidae bees on the northern subplateau of the Iberian Peninsula

Influence of Rough Handling on Osmia lignaria (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) Nest Establishment in Commercial Orchards

A Fluctuating Thermal Regime Improves Long-Term Survival of Quiescent Prepupal Megachile rotundata (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)

Influence of resource level on maternal investment in a leaf-cutter bee (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)

Health Status of Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee Larvae (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in United States Alfalfa Seed Fields

Nesting and Pollen Preference of Osmia lignaria lignaria (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in Virginia and North Carolina Orchards


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; order Hymenoptera, suborder Apocrita)

Large, cosmopolitan family of solitary bees, in which the pollen scopa consists entirely of tracts of stiff hairs on the abdominal sterna (see sternum). The labrum is longer than it is broad, and basitibial and pygidial (see pygidium) plates are absent. The family includes the mason bees and leaf-cutter bees, and also such genera as Anthidium and Callanthidium, the females of which tease out (card) plant hairs to use as nest-lining material—hence the common name ‘carder bees’. Nests are usually made in pre-existing cavities, e.g. in beetle borings in dead wood or pithy stems. Some species specialize in using old snail shells; others build exposed nests on rocks, woody branches, etc. One species, Megachile rotundata (alfalfa leaf-cutter bee), is cultured commercially in the western USA as a pollinator of Medicago sativa (alfalfa or lucerne).

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