New or little-known bees from Sicily (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

  • Salvatore Bella | salvatore.bella@crea.gov.it Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA). Centro di ricerca olivicoltura, frutticoltura e agrumicoltura, Acireale (CT), Italy.
  • Roberto Catania Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente, sez. Entomologia applicata. Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy.
  • Vittorio Nobile Ragusa, Italy.
  • Gaetana Mazzeo Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente, sez. Entomologia applicata. Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy.

Abstract

The authors report newly recorded species of bees (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) on the Volcan Etna (Sicily). A total of ten species belonging to three families are recorded: Halictidae (8 species), Megachilidae (1 species), and Apidae (1 species). Pseudapis valga (Gerstaecker), Lasioglossum convexiusculum (Schenck) (Halictidae), Hoplitis laevifrons (Morawitz) (Megachilidae) and Tarsalia ancyliformis Popov (Apidae), are reported for the first time for Sicily and the presence of other bee species is confirmed for the Island. Furthermore, this is the first record of the genus Tarsalia Morawitz for the fauna of Sicily. For each species data are given in relation to the altitudinal level, the plants visited, and the ecological quality of the sites where the specimens were found.

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2020-04-14
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Halictidae, Megachilidae, Apidae, new records, Sicily
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Bella, S., Catania, R., Nobile, V., & Mazzeo, G. (2020). New or little-known bees from Sicily (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Fragmenta Entomologica, 52(1), 113-117. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2020.418