Archive for the ‘Distribution’ Category

New species records for Iran

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Shahram Falamarzi (Yasouj University, Iran) collected Hoplitis (Stenosmia) aravensis and Hoplitis (Anthocopa) fasciculata in southwestern Iran in spring 2014. H. aravensis was known before only from the Levant, and the record of H. fasciculata is the easternmost record for this species so far. Interestingly, the females of H. fasciculata from Iran are partly red-coloured in contrast to the entirely black females of more western populations.

New osmiine bee species in France

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The examination of osmiine bees received from Matthieu Aubert revealed the presence of Hoplitis (Anthocopa) fasciculata in Corsica. In Europe, this species has been known so far only from Sardinia, Greece and Crete.

New osmiine bee species in Egypt

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Three osmiine bee species have been recorded for the first time in Egypt: Hoplitis (Alcidamea) epeoliformis, Hoplitis (Platosmia) africana and Hoplitis (Platosmia) gerofita.

New osmiine bee species in Israel

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The examination of osmiine bee material received from Yael Mandelik and coworkers revealed the following new species records for Israel: Hoplitis (Anthocopa) serainae and Hoplitis (Micreriades) antalyiae.

New osmiine bee species in France

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Matthieu Aubert and Christophe Philippe discovered Hoplitis (Hoplitis) lithodorae in southern France near Montpellier in spring 2013 and at other places in the Aude and Bouches du Rhone provinces in 2014. This species was hitherto known only from a small area in southwestern Spain (Müller, 2012). Flowers of Lithodora fruticosa were very common at the sites of H. lithodorae in southern France, suggesting that the species is indeed a Lithodora oligolege.

New species records 13

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The examination of osmiine bee material received from the Oberösterreichische Landesmuseum Linz revealed the following new country records:

Afghanistan: Osmia (Metallinella) brevicornis

Albania: Hoplitis (Pentadentosmia) pomarina

Armenia: Hoplitis (Hoplitis) manicata

Bulgaria: Hoplitis (Alcidamea) grossepunctata, Hoplitis (Anthocopa) nicolaei, Hoplitis (Hoplitis) pallicornis

Croatia: Hoplitis (Pentadentosmia) laevifrons

Iran: Hoplitis (Hoplitis) carinata, Hoplitis (Hoplitis) strymonia

Kyrgyzstan: Hoplitis (Formicapis) latifemoralis

Madeira (Portugal): Osmia (Helicosmia) niveata

Romania: Hoplitis (Micreriades) mazzuccoi

Syria: Osmia (Osmia) cornuta quasirufa, Osmia (Tergosmia) rhodoensis


New species records 12

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Osmiine bee material recently received from Stefan Risch and the Oberösterreichische Landesmuseum Linz revealed the following new country records:

Bulgaria: Osmia (Helicosmia) labialis

Croatia: Hoplitis (Hoplitis) carinata, Hoplitis (Micreriades) mazzuccoi, Osmia (Allosmia) bischoffi, Osmia (Neosmia) bicolor, Osmia (Pyrosmia) hellados

Hungary: Hoplitis (Hoplitis) manicata

Israel: Hoplitis (Alcidamea) brachypogon

Serbia and Montenegro: Chelostoma (Foveosmia) foveolatum, Heriades (Heriades) crenulatus, Osmia (Helicosmia) aurulenta, Osmia (Helicosmia) caerulescens, Osmia (Helicosmia) melanogaster, Osmia (Helicosmia) niveata

New species records 11

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Several samples of osmiine bees recently received from Naturalis (Leiden) and the American Museum of Natural History (New york) revealed the following new country records:

Andorra: Heriades (Heriades) truncorum, Hoplitis (Hoplitis) adunca, Osmia (Osmia) bicornis, Osmia (Helicosmia) caerulescens, Osmia (Metallinella) brevicornis

Israel: Hoplitis (Anthocopa) mocsaryi, Osmia (Helicosmia) mirhiji

Portugal: Protosmia (Nanosmia) asensioi

Russia: Hoplitis (Anthocopa) caucasicola

Turkey: Osmia (Helicosmia) mirhiji


New species records for Europe

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Stenoheriades maroccanus and Hoplitis (Chlidoplitis) teucrii have been recorded so far only from Morocco. The examination of a large osmiine bee material kindly provided by Max Schwarz (Ansfelden) and Fritz Gusenleitner (Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum Linz) revealed that both species have a wider distribution than hitherto assumed: S. maroccanus also occurs  in southern Spain and Sicily, and H. teucrii in southern Spain. In addition, Hoplitis (Micreriades) antalyae, formerly known only from Turkey, is distributed also on several islands of the Aegean.

New species records 10

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

A sample of osmiine bees from Bulgaria and Greece contained several specimens of a new European Heriades species of the subgenus Michenerella. The females exactly correspond morphologically to the females of Heriades hissaricus, which was known so far from Central Asia, Iran and Turkey. The new European records indicate that H. hissaricus has a much larger distribution area than hitherto thought. However, as the male of H. hissaricus is not yet known, the European specimens might possibly represent a still undescribed species, which cannot be distinguished from H. hissaricus in the female sex.