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Crawfordapis luctuosa is a large, ground-nesting bee found in Central America.  These bees belong to the Colletidae family and Diphaglossinae subfamily, the subfamily being limited to the New World (Hanson & Gauld 1995). They eat nectar and pollen, and have been documented to use pollen from a great variety of plants.  Females dig nests on exposed or lightly vegetation-covered soils, laying eggs and raising larvae in cells within the nest tunnels. 


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