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Melittid bees of the Afrotropical Region

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Apoidea)




Afrotropical, Palaearctic and Nearctic regions.


Provision the nest with pollen and nectar or floral oils.


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Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or photographs © Laurence Packer's website: Bee Tribes of the World, or © Michael Kuhlmann (Natural History Museum London).

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2024. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the World. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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