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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp. possibly mexicana)

Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp. possibly mexicana)

The red legs leads me to believe it is a Mexican Cuckoo-leaf-cutter (Coelioxys mexicanus)

“Coelioxys, a genus within the leafcutting bee family, are kleptoparasites (they lay their eggs in the nests of other leafcutter bees and the young “steal” all of the stored pollen).” source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/leafcutting_bees.htm

“Adults take nectar at flowers. (They must be eating for themselves, because they do not provision a nest.)”

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7605

Learn more: https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Coelioxys+mexicana

Key: https://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/coelioxys.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa) 

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Brown-winged Striped-Sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens)

Agapostemon splendens female

In the sweat bee family (Halictidae).  a.k.a. Metallic Green Bee

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

Learn: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/agapostemon.htm

Learn more: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Agapostemon+splendens

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carpenter-mimic Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile xylocopoides)

Black Leaf Cutter Bee

Subgenus Melanosarus.

Solitary native bee which uses patches from leaves to create nests. Similar in look to a carpenter bee, the leafcutters carry pollen on their abdomen rather than in leg baskets. Also, serves as a host for parasitic bees.

Learn: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Megachile+xylocopoides#Hosts

Key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/melanosarus.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina sp. possibly dupla or C. floridana)

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Tiny pollinator.  Nests in the pith of broken or burned plant twigs and stems.  Another reason to leave some plant debris and not be overly tidy in the garden.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/ceratina.htm

The above literature only lists 2 species for Florida. The following adds more so this may well be considered: C. floridana

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/ceratinini.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: QUEEN-DEVIL (Hieracium gronovii) aka Hawkweed

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Leaf-Cutter Bee (Megachile sp.)

This was initially misidentified as a Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp.). See the comment section below regarding the correction.

Pollinator.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/leafcutting_bees.htm

https://bugguide.net/node/view/174139

Key: https://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/litomegachile.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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