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Early nesting biology of the bee Caupolicana yarrowi (Cresson) (Colletidae, Diphaglossinae) and its cleptoparasite Triepeolus grandis (Friese) (Apidae, Nomadinae). (American Museum novitates, no. 3931)

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dc.contributor.author Rozen, Jerome G., Jr. (Jerome George), 1928-
dc.contributor.author Danforth, Bryan N.
dc.contributor.author Smith, Corey Shepard.
dc.contributor.author Decker, Brenna L.
dc.contributor.author Dorian, Nicholas N.
dc.contributor.author Dority, Delina.
dc.contributor.author Kilpatrick, Shelby Kerrin.
dc.contributor.author Krichilsky, Erin.
dc.contributor.author Laws, Angela N.
dc.contributor.author Urban-Mead, Katherine R.
dc.contributor.author Cane, James H. (James Harley), 1955-
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-26T22:15:49Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-26T22:15:49Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-28
dc.identifier.uri http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/6951
dc.description 20 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm. Appendix: Use of nectar by the desert bee Caupolicana yarrowi (Colletidae) in cell construction / James H. Cane and Jerome G. Rozen, Jr. en_US
dc.description.abstract The first part of this publication, written by a group of participants in Bee Course 2018, results from the discovery of three nests of Caupolicana yarrowi (Cresson, 1875) at the base of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona. The nests are deep with branching laterals that usually connect to large vertical brood cells by an upward turn before curving downward and attaching to the top of the chambers. This loop of the lateral thus seems to serve as a "sink trap," excluding rainwater from reaching open cells during provisioning. Although mature larvae had not yet developed, an egg of C. yarrowi was discovered floating on the provisions allowing an SEM examination of its chorion, the first such study for any egg of the Diphaglossinae. Larval food for this species at this site came from Solanum elaeagnifolium Cav. (Solanaceae). Nests were parasitized by Triepeolus grandis (Friese, 1917) (Epeolini), which previously was known to attack only Ptiloglossa (Diphaglossinae: Caupolicanini). The subterranean nest cells of the desert bee Caupolicana yarrowi (Colletidae), which are enveloped by a casing of hardened soil that easily separates from the surrounding matrix, are discussed in a separate appendix. Chemical analysis revealed the casing to be rich in reducing sugars, indicating that the mother bee had regurgitated floral nectar onto the rough interior walls of the cell cavity before smoothing and waterproofing them. This novel use of nectar in nest construction is compared with that of other bee species that bring water to a nest site to soften soil for excavation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no.3931.
dc.subject Caupolicana yarrowi. en_US
dc.subject Nests. en_US
dc.subject Eggs. en_US
dc.subject Parasites. en_US
dc.subject Triepeolus grandis. en_US
dc.subject Nectar. en_US
dc.subject Bees. en_US
dc.subject Cochise County (Ariz.) en_US
dc.subject Arizona. en_US
dc.subject Southwest, New. en_US
dc.subject Mexico. en_US
dc.title Early nesting biology of the bee Caupolicana yarrowi (Cresson) (Colletidae, Diphaglossinae) and its cleptoparasite Triepeolus grandis (Friese) (Apidae, Nomadinae). (American Museum novitates, no. 3931) en_US
dc.title.alternative Nesting biology of the bee Caupolicana yarrowi. en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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