Mason Bee
( Osmia sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Osmia sp.
(Panzer ,1806 )
Common Name:Mason Bee
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Hymenoptera
Suborder:Apocrita
Family:Megachilidae
Subfamily:Megachilinae
Tribe:Osmiini
Genus:Osmia
Taxon Code:HYM00994
ITIS/TSN:154377

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Joaquin Miller Park, Joaquin Miller Park, 3590 Sanborn Drive, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100147

RECOGNITION
Recognition
"Metallic green, blue or blue-green, with short, robust body."
Description
Metallic green, blue or blue-green, with short, robust body.
Body Length
5-15 mm.
Diversity
About 150 species in 9 subgenera in North America, and more than 350 species in 23 subgenera worldwide.

BIOLOGY
Food
Many species visit Vaccinium, including blueberries, and other Ericaceae.
Range
Holarctic, with 1 sp. ranging into the Neotropics.
Diversity
About 150 species in 9 subgenera in North America, and more than 350 species in 23 subgenera worldwide.
Active Period
Most species early-late spring, a few active in summer.
Development
Variety of nesting; some excavate in the soil, others use hollow stems. They partition the cells with walls made of clay or other materials.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Genus Osmia - Mason Bees. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/14967). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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