Andrena vaga

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Taxonomy and Systematics

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Subphylum: Hexapoda (6 legged)

Class: Insecta

Subclass: Pterygota (Winged insects)

Infraclass: Neoptera (Wing-folding)

Order: Hymenoptera

Suborder: Apocrita

Infraorder: Aculeata

Superfamily: Apoidea

Family: Andrenidae (Andrenid bees)

Subfamily: Apinae

Genus: Andrena

Species: Andrena vaga Panzer, 1799

Descriptive Notes

A. vaga has a wing veining pattern distinctive to the Andrinidae; its shining, all-black abdomen is also a distinctive feature. My A. vaga was found on red maple blossoms outside the New Houses at 1:00 pm on 26 April, 2011. I identified it using How to know the Insects, American Insects: a Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico, and Bugguide.net. For current taxanomic status see: ITIS

--Isabel Marlens