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The Chilean bees Xeromelissa nortina and X. sielfeldi : their nesting biologies and immature stages, including biological notes on X. rozeni (Colletidae, Xeromelissinae). (American Museum novitates, no. 3838)

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dc.contributor.author Rozen, Jerome G., Jr. (Jerome George), 1928-
dc.contributor.author Wyman, Eli S.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-20T15:19:24Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-20T15:19:24Z
dc.date.issued 2015-07-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6607
dc.description 20 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Herein are described the nests and their contents of Xeromelissa nortina (Toro and Moldenke) and of X. sielfeldi (Toro and Moldenke), found in the dry, high Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Nests of the former, discovered in 2014, contained linear cell series in the central pith channels of dead, broken twigs of Baccharis, revealing clear, cellophanelike cell linings that presumably control cell humidity. From the cells, postdefecating larvae were obtained, permitting their description and comparison with our meager understanding of other larval xeromelissines. Nests of X. sielfeldi, also found in broken dead twigs, were discovered and first studied in 1971 before the species was described and named, thereby delaying publication until now. Although similar in most respects to nests of X. nortina, they occupied abandoned beetle burrows. Toro and Moldenke provided information on eggs, predefecating larvae, and pupae, described herein. At the time of that discovery, adults of X. rozeni (Toro and Moldenke), a bee with an exceedingly long proboscis, were also active, permitting observation on their feeding habits, which are included herein. 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. 3838. en_US
dc.subject Xeromelissa nortina. en_US
dc.subject Xeromelissa sielfeldi. en_US
dc.subject Xeromelissa rozeni. en_US
dc.subject Xeromelissa. en_US
dc.subject Nests. en_US
dc.subject Larvae. en_US
dc.subject Pupae. en_US
dc.subject Behavior. en_US
dc.subject Colletidae. en_US
dc.subject Bees. en_US
dc.subject Atacama Desert (Chile) en_US
dc.subject Chile. en_US
dc.title The Chilean bees Xeromelissa nortina and X. sielfeldi : their nesting biologies and immature stages, including biological notes on X. rozeni (Colletidae, Xeromelissinae). (American Museum novitates, no. 3838) en_US
dc.title.alternative Xeromelissa. 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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