Re: [beemonitoring] Southeastern Blueberry bee?? [2 Attachments]
- 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
> 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.
> -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