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European species Heriades truncorum is also found (introduced) in the Eastern US
Scientific classification

Heriades is a genus of bee in the family Megachilidae. Fairly small and usually black, they are found all over the world. There are more than 130 species worldwide, roughly 25 species in North and Central America, but only 3 species are native east of the Rocky Mountains. European species such as H. truncorum can be found on the east coast of the US. Like other bees in the tribe Osmiini, Hoplitis and Ashmeadiella, they nest in cavities in wood excavated by other insects, or perhaps occasionally pine cones.[1] They separate the cells of their nest with resin (most of the time).[2] [3][4][5]

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  2. ^ Michener, Charles D. (1968). "Heriades spiniscutis, a Bee That Facultatively Omits Partitions between Rearing Cells (Hymenoptera, Apoidea)". Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. 41 (4): 484–493. JSTOR 25083741.
  3. ^ Michener, Charles D. (1938). "American bees of the genus Heriades". Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 31 (4): 514–531. doi:10.1093/aesa/31.4.514.
  4. ^ Griswold, Terry L. (1994). "Taxonomic Notes on Some Heriadines, with Descriptions of Three New Species (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)". Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. 67 (1): 17–28. JSTOR 25085487.
  5. ^ Taylor, J.S. (1962-04-01). "Notes on Heriades freygessneri Schletterer (Hymenoptera : Megachilidae)". Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa. 25 (1). hdl:10520/AJA00128789_3472. ISSN 0013-8789.
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