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Re: [beemonitoring] Southeastern Blueberry bee?? [2 Attachments]

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  • John S. Ascher
    It is a female Osmia (Melanosmia) bucephala Cresson, 1864, the largest Osmia in the region and surely a good pollinator of blueberries although it is not a
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      It is a female Osmia (Melanosmia) bucephala Cresson, 1864, the largest
      Osmia in the region and surely a good pollinator of blueberries although
      it is not a specialist. This is more or less a northern bee but occurs in
      the Appalachian Mountains south to Georgia. Note the black ventral scopa
      on the metasoma and lack of scopa on the hind tibia.

      To obtain efficient identification of bees from photos I recommend posting
      images with full captions including date and precise locality to
      www.bugguide.net.

      John


      > Hi all,
      >
      > Can anyone identify the bees in these photos?
      >
      > I'm working remotely with a blueberry grower (Dan Eiser, Blueberries on
      > the Buffalo Farm in Tennessee)
      > on a pollination study, from last year actually. He lives too far for me
      > to conduct observations
      > on his farm, but he is very engaged in collecting the data. We have done
      > pretty good coordinating
      > identification of bee categories remotely, but for the Southeastern
      > Blueberry Bee, it has been difficult since
      > they are not present in my location of Tennessee, but may be present at
      > his. I wonder if anyone can say with
      > some confidence that either of the bees in this photo (taken by Dan Eiser)
      > are actually Habropoda laborisoa?
      > We don't have any actual specimens of these.
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > -Michael Wilson
      >
      > The University of Tennessee
      > Knoxville, TN
      > Phone: (865) 804-6486
      >
      >
      >
      >


      --
      John S. Ascher, Ph.D.
      Bee Database Project Manager
      Division of Invertebrate Zoology
      American Museum of Natural History
      Central Park West @ 79th St.
      New York, NY 10024-5192
      work phone: 212-496-3447
      mobile phone: 917-407-0378
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