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Stelis (bee)

Stelis costalis
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Megachilidae
Subfamily: Megachilinae
Tribe: Anthidiini
Genus: Stelis
Panzer, 1806

Stelis is a genus of kleptoparasitic cuckoo bees in the family Megachilidae. There are at least 100 described species in Stelis.[1][2]

Stelis lateralis


One study of the species Stelis ater found they differed a bit from other thieving bees by being hospicidal (host-killing) at all larval stages, and neither it nor its host larva move much, so it is simply a matter of chance when its growth brings it into contact with the host rather than with just the provisions. This is in contrast to other kleptoparasitic bees which usually have their more mobile first instar larva kill the host larva.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Stelis Genus Information". Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Stelis Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ Emry, Paige. Our Native Bees. p. 78.

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