Archive for the ‘Distribution’ Category

Osmiine bees of Corsica

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

In a recent publication (Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 97, 127-189, 2024) on the megachilid bees of Corsica, Le Divelec et al. (2024) report on the following findings:

  1. The records of Hoplitis (Alcidamea) claviventris and Osmia (Helicosmia) notata from Corsica are dubious;
  2. the records of Hoplitis (Anthocopa) mocsaryi, Hoplitis (Hoplitis) benoisti, Hoplitis (Hoplitis) loti, Hoplitis (Hoplitis) marchali and Osmia (Pyrosmia) cyanoxantha from Corsica are erroneous;
  3. the records of Chelostoma (Foveosmia) foveolatum and Protosmia (Nanosmia) minutula are new records for Corsica.

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Saturday, March 16th, 2024

Osmiine bee material collected by D. Baiocchi in northern Iraq in 2023 and provided by M. Selis revealed the following new country records: Chelostoma (Chelostoma) comosum, Chelostoma (Chelostoma) diodon, Chelostoma (Chelostoma) dolosum, Chelostoma (Chelostoma) emarginatum, Chelostoma (Chelostoma) mocsaryi, Chelostoma (Gyrodromella) hebraeum, Hoplitis (Anthocopa) serainae, Osmia (Allosmia) rufohirta, Osmia (Allosmia) sybarita, Osmia (Helicosmia) aquila, Osmia (Helicosmia) clypearis acuta, Osmia (Helicosmia) signata, Osmia (Pyrosmia) cephalotes, Osmia (Pyrosmia) nana, Osmia (Pyrosmia) saxicola, Osmia (Pyrosmia) teunisseni, Stenoheriades asiatica.

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Monday, December 18th, 2023

Heinz Wiesbauer recently published the first record of Osmia (Melanosmia) inermis for Slovenia (Beiträge zur Entomofaunistik, 24, 55-61, 2023). Teodor Trifonov recorded Hoplitis (Hoplitis) pici for the first time in Bulgaria; he will publish this new country record soon.

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

Osmiine bee material collected by T. Wood revealed the following new country records for the Lebanon: Osmia (Allosmia) lhotelleriei, Osmia (Allosmia) rufotibialis, Osmia (Helicosmia) dives, Osmia (Helicosmia) saxatilis, Osmia (Pyrosmia) cyanoxantha, Osmia (Pyrosmia) hellados and Osmia (Pyrosmia) viridana.

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Saturday, November 25th, 2023

Osmiine bee material collected by C. Schmid-Egger revealed the following new country records:

Iran: Osmia (Helicosmia) breviata

Oman: Hoplitis (Stenosmia) jordanica

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Sunday, November 19th, 2023

Osmiine bee material provided by W. H. Liebig revealed the following new country records for Iran: Hoplitis (Alcidamea) curvipes, Hoplitis (Alcidamea) stellaris and Hoplitis (Anthocopa) perezi.

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Sunday, November 5th, 2023

Osmiine bee material recently collected by A. Fateryga and M. Proshchalykin in Dagestan revealed the following new country records for Russia: Hoplitis (Alcidamea) caucasica, Hoplitis (Alcidamea) scita, Hoplitis (Pentadentosmia) tringa, Osmia (Helicosmia) breviata and Osmia (Osmia) scheherazade

Both sexes of Hoplitis scita from Dagestan have a significantly shorter proboscis than those from Kyrgistan, Siberia (Altai, Buryatia, Khakassia, Tyva), Mongolia and China. In addition, the females from Dagestan have a rather dense whitish hair band on the marginal zone of tergum 5, which is missing in females from the more eastern populations. Otherwise, the morphology (including the male sterna and genitalia), pubescense and colour are identical. Unfortunately, no specimens of H. scita are known from the large geographic area between the Dagestan population and the more eastern populations (e.g. from Kazakhstan) that would allow us to assess whether the intermediate populations have intermediate character states indicating a gradual morphological change. As long as no specimens from Kazakhstan are available, the specimens from Dagestan are tentatively treated as conspecific with specimens of H. scita from Kyrgistan, Siberia, Mongolia and China.

Hoplitis turcestanica

Sunday, November 5th, 2023

Specimens from Ukraine and Astrakhan assumed to be Hoplitis (Alcidameaturcestanica by Fateryga & Proshchalykin, 2020) proved to be Hoplitis (Alcidameamollis (Ukraine, new country record) and a still undescribed H. (Alcidamea) species (Astrakhan). Most probably, H. turcestanica is restricted to Central Asia, it does neither occur in Ukraine nor in southern and central European Russia, and “H. turcestanica” in Banaszak & Romasenko (2001), Medvedev (1978) and Osytshnjuk et al. (1978) likely refers to H. mollis.

Osmia steinmanni

Friday, September 22nd, 2023

Osmia steinmanni was recently found in northwesternmost Slovenia close to the Austrian border by Heinz Wiesbauer (Beiträge zur Entomofaunistik, 24, 55-61, 2023). This is the first record of O. steinmanni for Slovenia and the easternmost record for the species, indicating that the species’ distribution might extend over the entire alpine bow.

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Saturday, July 1st, 2023

Vesnić et al. (2023) report three new country records for Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. Hoplitis (Alcidamea) claviventris, Osmia (Helicosmia) latreillei and Osmia (Helicosmia) leaiana.