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Nests, floral preferences, and immatures of the bee Haetosmia vechti (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae, Osmiini). (American Museum novitates, no. 3808)

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dc.contributor.author Gotlieb, Ariella.
dc.contributor.author Pisanty, Gideon.
dc.contributor.author Rozen, Jerome G., Jr. (Jerome George), 1928-
dc.contributor.author Müller, Andreas (Biologist)
dc.contributor.author Röder, Gregory.
dc.contributor.author Sedivy, Claudio.
dc.contributor.author Praz, Christophe J.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-22T14:53:04Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-22T14:53:04Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6542
dc.description 20 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Herein we describe the nests (including structure, closure, orientation, and depth of cells) of the bee Haetosmia vechti Peters found nesting in Rehovot, Israel. The nesting biology of H. vechti mirrors the ancestral nesting biology within the Osmia group of the Osmiini. Nests in sandy soil consist of an excavated burrow, ending below in a small cluster of vertical cells. The cells possess firm walls of masticated leaf pulp of Centaurea procurrens Spreng. and Heliotropium suaveolens M. Bieb., and are covered with pebbles and sand grains. The last larval instar and pupa of Haetosmia vechti are described, as is its cocoon. The immature stages exhibit the basic features of megachilid bees, but tend to have a thinner body vestiture compared to other studied taxa. In addition, we report new information on and review published accounts concerning the pollen collecting behavior of the genus Haetosmia Popov, which contains three species. Pollen taken from scopal hairs of 68 females collected at 17 sites in Turkestan, Morocco, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates was identified as originating solely from Heliotropium L. (Boraginaceae), which strongly suggests that all three Haetosmia species are narrowly oligolectic on this plant genus. In females of all three species, the second segment of the labial palpus is densely covered with rather long, apically curved and capitate bristles, an adaptation to collect Heliotropium pollen from anthers that are hidden inside the narrow corolla tube. Similar pollen-harvesting bristles specifically adapted to exploit flowers of Heliotropium seem to have evolved independently a number of times on different continents, in bees of four families. 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. 3808. en_US
dc.subject Haetosmia vechti. en_US
dc.subject Haetosmia. en_US
dc.subject Nests. en_US
dc.subject Larvae. en_US
dc.subject Host plants. en_US
dc.subject Heliotropium. en_US
dc.subject Bees. en_US
dc.subject Reḥovot (Israel) en_US
dc.subject Israel. en_US
dc.title Nests, floral preferences, and immatures of the bee Haetosmia vechti (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae, Osmiini). (American Museum novitates, no. 3808) en_US
dc.title.alternative Haetosmia vechti. 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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