Genus Anthophora Latreille, one taxon

    The one species known from Florida, Anthophora abrupta Say, is in the subgenus Melea Sandhouse. This species forms aggregated nests in hard-packed clay banks. This bee superficially resembles a small bumblebee.


Apidae: Anthophora abrupta Say

County Records: Lee, Liberty

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Dates: Mitchell reports March-September across the entire range.

Plants: polylectic

Notes: This bee might be found elsewhere in Florida or is it as restricted as the distribution above suggests?

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