Anthophora tricolor (Fabricius)
Genus: Anthophora (From The Bees of the World – Michener 2007)
- 3 submarginal cells
- First recurrent vein joining second submarginal cell near middle; third submarginal cell subquadrate, with front and rear margins of about equal length
- Male gonostylus (Genitalia) usually less than one third as long as gonocoxite, often not double, sometimes reduced to almost nothing
- Arolia present
- Nest in soil
Subgenus: Mystacanthophora (From The Bees of the World – Michener 2007)
- Pygidial plate of the male not defined (but there is an apical truncate or emarginated process – presumably representing the plate on T7)
- The basitibial plates are absent or poorly defined (although well defined in two species)!!
- S5 and S6 of the male are almost always modified
- S5 with tufts or a band of black hair
- S6 often with an apical emargination
- Body length (9-16 mm)
- In many species the clypeus of the female is flat or weakly convex, little protuberant
FEMALES (Species) (Bees of the genus Anthophora Latreille 1803 (Hymenoptera Apidae Anthophorini) of the West Indies by RW Brooks – Tropical Zoology, 1999)
- Female, length 11.4-12.5 mm; forewing length 8.2-8.9 mm.
- shortest distance between eyes is 0.8 the length of the eye
- head wider than long
- clypeus not flattened, clypeal protuberance in profile 0.37 width of eye
- F1 equal to next 2.5 flagellomeres taken together, 0.69 as long as scape and 1.67 times as long as last flagellomere, F2 .
- 0.34 of F1, F3-9 about equal in length, each segment a little longer than wide;
- distance between posterior ocelli equal to ocellocular distance;
- distance from median ocellus to posterior ocellus equal to 0.50 ocellocular distance
- Marginal cell length 0.79 distance from apex of marginal cell to wing tip
- hindwing with cu-a 0.75 times length of second abscissa of M + Cu; vein M 2.6 times as long as second abscissa of M + Cu.
- Integumental coloration : Dark brown on dorsum and sides, reddish-brown on ventral surface; T1-T4 with transverse apical ivory integumental bands.
- Pubescence: Head mostly white with black hairs intermixed on vertex and ocellar areas; white hairs in paraocular areas dense such that integument is barely visible if at all. Scutum, pleura and ventral surfaces densely covered with fox-red hair intermixed with black hair; scutellum, metanotum, propodeal area with fox-red hair but dorsal surface of thorax still visible; hair on legs chocolate-brown; hair on legs chocolate-brown (sometimes all black in melanic specimens from Puerto Rico and Hispaniola); T2-T4 with suppressed black hair, additionally T4 with narrow transverse apical band of white hair; T5 with black hair and white hair laterally; T6 all black, S1 and S2 medially with white hair, S3-S6 with black hair
MALES (Species) (Bees of the genus Anthophora Latreille 1803 (Hymenoptera Apidae Anthophorini) of the West Indies by RW Brooks – Tropical Zoology, 1999)
- Same as female, except for:
- length 8.6-10.7 mm; forewing length 7.1-7.8 mm.
- Shortest distance between eyes 0.80 length of eye
- F1 equal to next 1.20 flagellomeres taken together, 0.52 as long as scape and as long as last flagellomere, F2 0.77 length of F1
- distance between posterior ocelli equal to ocelocular distance.
- Marginal cell length equal to distance from apex of marginal cell to wing tip
- hindwing with cu-a 1.60 times length of second abscissa of M + Cu; vein M 3.5 times as long as second abscissa of M + Cu;
- Integumental coloration : Pale translucent cream integumental marks on face as in Fig. 30, pale mark sometimes present at base of mandible; T1-T6 with apical integumental ivory bands.
- Pubescences: Thorax densely covered with black hair except metanotum, propodeal area and T1 covered with fox-red hair (melanic specimens from Puerto Rico have thoracic hair all black except a tuft of ochraceous hair laterally on propodeum); hair on legs chocolate-brown, except ochraceous and black hair intermixed on outer apical surfaces of tibiae, tarsi and outer base of hind tibia (melanic specimens from Puerto Rico with leg hair all black except ochraceous patch on outer surfaces of apex of midtibia and basitibial plate of hind leg); T2-TS with posteriorly inclined dark hairs; T6 with black hair and white hair laterally; T7 all black; sterna with ochraceous hair except apical margin of S4 with black hair, SS with four dark apicosubmedian hair patches (Fig. 31 ).