Pruinose Squash Bee Peponapis pruinosa (Say, 1837)  Synonyms: Eastern Cucurbit Bee.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Hymenoptera   >   Family Apidae   >   Genus Peponapis   

Description:

Nests are categorized as ground burrows, and social behavior is categorized as solitary to communal (Selfridge et al., 2017).

Relationships:

"Aptly named, this bee only feeds its young on the pollen of Cucurbitaceae (pumpkins, squash, gourds and the like). This genus is native to the hemisphere, peaking in numbers in the Mexican highlands, but do not occur naturally in our area. However, because we keep planting pumpkins and squash each year, our squash bee friends are sustained, probably since Indians brought them into the area. Which is a good thing since they are very effective pollinators given that they are out at dawn (when almost no other bees are out) and active until squash plants close their blooms around 9 a.m. They are tight like ticks with Curcubits." (S. Droege, pers. comm.)

There are 20 records in the project database.

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A Pruinose Squash Bee in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/8/2017). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

A Pruinose Squash Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). Verified by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

A Pruinose Squash Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/19/2014). Verified by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Jesse Christopherson. (MBP list)

A male Pruinose Squash Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/27/2008). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A male Pruinose Squash Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/27/2008). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A male Pruinose Squash Bee in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/27/2008). Determined by John S. Ascher/BugGuide. Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A male Pruinose Squash Bee collected near State College in Centre Co., Pennsylvania (3/9/2017). Collected by Laura Russo. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Pruinose Squash Bee collected near State College in Centre Co., Pennsylvania (3/9/2017). Collected by Laura Russo. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Pruinose Squash Bee collected near State College in Centre Co., Pennsylvania (3/9/2017). Collected by Laura Russo. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Pruinose Squash Bee collected near State College in Centre Co., Pennsylvania (3/9/2017). Collected by Laura Russo. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)


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