This family consists of andreniform short-tongued bees. The family has a mix of characteristics of short-tongued and long-tongued bees. Two subfamilies, each with one genera with one species, are found in Florida, Melitta and Hesperapis. These are ground-nesting bees. Both appear to be oligolectic.
Paraglossa largely bare, usually markedly shorter than suspensorium, its hairs largely limited to apex, or paraglossa absent; forewing with two submarginal cells, second usually shorter than first; first submarginal crossvein usually more or less at right angles to longitudinal veins and usually close to recurrent vein; non cocoon spinning larvae..Dasypodinae
Paraglossa densely hairy; forewing with 2 or 3 submarginal cells, second (if only 2) or second plus third as long as or longer than first; first submarginal crossvein slanting, usually well separated from first recurrent vein; larvae spin cocoons...Melittinae
County Records: Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton
Dates: late September-early October
Plants: specialist on Balduina angustifolia (Asteraceae).
Notes: Found only on beach dunes, Endemic to Gulf coastal barrier islands of Florida and Alabama. No photos available at this time.
County Records: Alachua, Baker, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Liberty, Suwanee
Dates: March 7-May 25; March: 1, April: 10, May: 4
Plants: This species is an oligolege on Vaccinium.
Notes: This represents a new state record for Florida. Previously, this species had been collected as far south as Georgia (Mitchell 1960).