From: John S. Ascher <ascher@...>
To: Cory Sheffield <corysheffield@...>
Cc: John <ascher@...>; Sam Droege <sdroege@...>; Laurence Packer <laurencepacker@...>; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Fri, September 3, 2010 2:03:14 PM
Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Updates for List of Alien Bee Species in North America
I agree that we should barcode these specimens and any other interesting
bee specimens as quickly as possible for the reasons you mention and
others, especially if the DNA extraction can then be made available for
studies of nuclear DNA other molecular markers. To this end I will be very
happy to include
available samples in my next batch of AMNH material for
inclusion in BEE-BOL (please advise about when and how to send this).
Now that foreign species from all over the globe are arriving at an
unprecedented pace we urgently need improved reference collections from
source areas of "our" exotic species (potentially these could come from
almost anywhere, but areas of recently expanded trade could be
priorities). Therefore we should support additional collecting of
molecular grade bee specimens, particularly from type localities when
feasible, from under-collected areas such as North Africa, Central Asia,
the Caucasus, etc. Existing and pending barcode databases of European
species will not suffice.
> Hello all,
> It would be nice to barcode these specimens! As the number of bee species
> barcoded from all over the world increases, these specimens may correspond
> things in BOLD. In essence, for problematic species (or even undescribed
> species) from around the globe, getting species with the same barcode may
> only help recognize "foreign" species in North America (one of the
> areas of DNA barcoding), but may also help to pin point the area(s) of
> (for species with a narrow natural distribution). As John correctly
> points out,
> some of these new introduced species are coming from areas outside of
> All the best,
> Cory Sheffield, PhD
> Research Associate
> Department of Biology
> York University
> 4700 Keele Street
> Toronto, ON
> M3J 1P3
> From: John S. Ascher <
> To: Sam Droege <sdroege@...>
> Cc: email@example.com
> Sent: Fri, September 3, 2010 12:51:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] Updates for List of Alien Bee Species in
> Thanks for updating the manual.
> For the record, please note that the Pseudoanthidium [not
> "Psuedoanthidium"] was first discovered by Sarah Kornbluth in New Jersey
> as reported in this news article:
> Sarah also collected an exotic Hylaeus (Prosopis) native to North Africa,
> leading to its identification (the few previous specimens had been noted
> as remarkable but not reliably determined).
> Here is a particularly relevant section of the article [my comments in
> "Two of the specimens [an anthidiine and a masked bee] completely
> befuddled Kornbluth and [Kim] Russell, so they turned for help to the
> American Museum of Natural History, which has a global bee collection of
> 7,000 species. With aid from experts in Europe [Max Schwarz and Holger
> Dathe respectively], they were able to tentatively identify one species as
> a European thistle bee, black with yellow and orange markings. The other
> they believe is a North
African bee with a yellow face and red tail, and
> is very obscure, even in its native land. Neither had been recorded in
> North America before."
> When Sarah brought in the mysterious Anthidiini "thistle bee" it was
> clearly a Pseudoanthidium (Pseudoanthidium), a taxon I am familiar with
> from collecting in Turkey. Although the subgeneric identification was
> easy, to this day we am having difficulties applying a species name with
> confidence due to byzantine problems of homonymy (the oldest name is a
> primary homonym so unavailable), synonymy (multiple published synonymies
> are now believed to be inaccurate or at least unverified), species
> concepts (multiple "subspecies" are involved), and typification (some of
> the oldest names have types not studied by modern workers). Terry Griswold
> and I are collaborating with the great European expert Max Schwarz in
> effort to solve these problems.
> Subsequently, Kevin Matteson collected an additional specimen of this
> "thistle bee" in New York City, and most recently Sam Droege sent an
> additional report from his region.
> Sarah's Pseudoanthidium discovery is particularly significant because this
> species has no North American congeners (i.e. there are no native species
> in the same genus) whereas the many other introduced bees have congeners
> (close relatives) in North America. This map shows the native range of
> Specimens of the second "North African bee with a yellow face and red
> tail" was first collected a decade or more ago Mary Yurlina and Parker
> Gambino. They were sent to the late Roy Snelling who recognized them as
> different from the North American species he had
revised, and therefore as
> potentially a new species. At least one specimen of this species was
> erroneously det. by another bee specialist as a North American species,
> but upon inspection of these specimens and the one collected more recently
> by Sarah I recognized them as exotic and related to but certainly distinct
> from the well known Hylaeus (Prosopis) variegatus. The variegatus species
> group is exclusively Palearctic so I mailed specimens to Prof. Holger
> Dathe of Germany, the expert on Palearctic Hylaeus, who confirmed that the
> specimens belonged in the Hylaeus (Prosopis) variegatus species group (not
> species). The specific identification is not entirely clear because the
> specimens do not match any well known Palearctic species and instead
> appear to be conspecific with a very obscure North African species known
> more or less only from sparse type material.
Original taxonomic work will
> be required before we can fully verify the name and publish the record.
> Given the rapid pace of discovery of introduced species in areas where I
> have lived recently, i.e. the Ithaca and NYC vicinities, I can only
> speculate how many species have arrived where few or no bee specialists
> reside and remain undetected.
> I think it noteworthy that these recent discoveries have been of
> taxonomically problematic species absent from England and Scandinavia,
> whereas most early introductions were of very well known northern European
>> We are revising the Handy Bee Manual and have added L. zonulum and a
>> Psuedoanthidium sp. to the list of North American Alien bees. Are there
>> other bee species that need to be added? Does any of the
>> presented below need to be updated or changed? Many thanks.
>> Sam Droege sdroege@...
>> w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
>> USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
>> BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
>> The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.--Diogenes
>> Laertius: Lib. vi. sect. 63.
>> North American (North of Mexico) Introduced and Alien Bee Species
>> Information on distributions and status come from the literature, active
>> North American collectors, online collection data available via the
>> mapper on www.discoverlife.org, and John Ascher?s compilation of
>> distributional data. Thanks for the contributions from Mike Arduser,
>> John Ascher, Rob Jean, Jack Neff, Cory Sheffield, Robbin Thorp.
>> Updated: September 2010
>> Account Layout: I = purposely introduced, A = accidental introduction
>> possibly natural colonization (although this would be unlikely for
>> Genus, Species, Decade of Establishment, Probable Source Population,
>> Current Status in North America north of Mexico
>> I Apis mellifera 1620. Europe, Mediterranean region. Feral colonies
>> present throughout North America. Colony numbers and persistence
>> have declined following the introduction of parasitic mites
in the 1980s
>> and 1990s.
>> I Anthophora plumipes 1980. Europe and southern China. Introduced at
>> the USDA Beltsville, MD Honey Bee Laboratory. Numbers were initially
>> but this species is now found commonly in early spring throughout the
>> Washington D.C. metropolitan area where it nests in the ground under
>> porches or in the dirt of uprooted trees and frequents planted azaleas
>> other garden flowers. Has the potential to spread throughout North
>> A Ceratina cobaltina 1970. Mexico. While it is possible this is simply a
>> disjunct Texas population, specimens for this distinctive Mexican
>> were only recently discovered in Travis and Hidalgo counties.
>> A Ceratina dallatoreana 1940. Mediterranean region. Central California.
Ceratina smaragdula 1960. Pakistan, India, SE Asia. Introduced into
>> California but not found since its introduction.
>> A Centris nitida 2000. Southwestern U.S., Texas, Mexico, Central
>> and Northwestern South America. Recently discovered in southern
>> Not expected to spread outside of Florida.
>> A Euglossa viridissima 2000. Mexico and Central America. Recently
>> discovered in southern Florida. Currently found only on the eastern
>> of the state. Expected to spread to the western side but not invade much
>> further north.
>> A Xylocopa tabaniformis parkinsoniae Recent. South Texas. Recently
>> appears to have left its historical haunts along the Rio Grande and now
>> found commonly in urban areas of Central Texas, perhaps
>> via firewood, but possibly colonized naturally.
>> A Andrena wilkella 1900s. Europe and northern Asia. Common throughout
>> the north central and northeastern U.S. and southern Canada.
>> A Hylaeus leptocephalus 1900. Europe. Found throughout the U.S. and
>> southern Canada. Particularly associated with gardens, urban and
>> disturbed sites. Often found on Melilotus.
>> A Hylaeus hyalinatus 1990. Europe. Currently found in urban areas from
>> New York City, southern Ontario, New Jersey, Pennslyvania. Has
>> to spread throughout North America.
>> A Hylaeus punctatus 1980. Europe. Currently found in central
>> southern South
America, New York City, Washington D.C. Has potential to
>> spread throughout North America
>> A Lasioglossum eleutherense 1990. Bahamas and Cuba. Four individuals
>> found in the University of Miami Arboretum. Current status unknown.
>> expected to spread out of Florida.
>> A Lasioglossum leucozonium 1900s. Europe and northern China. Despite
>> extensive range in Europe and Asia it is limited to the northern areas
>> central and eastern U.S. and southern Canada.
>> A Halictus tectus 2000. Southern Europe to Mongolia. Known from 3
>> downtown Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD and Beltsville, MD. Appears to
>> prefer highly disturbed sites with European weeds.
>> A Lasioglossum zonulum ?.
Europe and SE China. A species similar to L.
>> leucozonium. Recently thought to possibly be an introduced rather than
>> native species. Records in North America go back many years
>> A Anthidium manicatum 1960. Europe, North Africa, Near East, South
>> Central and South Eastern South America. Currently found predominantly
>> northeastern U.S. and southern Canada, however, individuals have shown
>> in the central states, Idaho, and on the West Coast where it is well
>> established in California. Likely to spread throughout North America.
>> Associated with large urban and suburban gardens, particularly planted
>> with Stachys.
>> A Anthidium oblongatum 1990. Europe and the Near East. Currently
>> in northeastern
U.S. and southern Canada and moving into the central
>> states and provinces. Found in most open habitats. Has potential to
>> spread throughout North America.
>> A Chelostoma campanularum 1960. Europe and the Near East. Found in
>> Upstate New York, Connecticut, and southern Ontario. Has potential to
>> spread throughout North America.
>> A Chelostoma rapunculi 1960. Europe and the Near East. Found in
>> New York and southern Ontario. Has potential to spread throughout North
>> A Coelioxys coturnix 2000. Southwestern Europe, North Africa, India.
>> Currently found in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. corridor. Has
>> to spread throughout the range of Megachile rotundata (its presumed
>> A Hoplitis anthocopoides 1960.
Europe. Found from West Virginia to
>> southern Ontario. Potential spread perhaps limited to the range of its
>> reported preferred pollen source, Viper?s Bugloss (Echium vulgare).
>> A Lithurgus chrysurus 1970. Europe, Near East, North Africa. Found only
>> in the Phillipsburg, New Jersey are and a 50 mile radius in Pennsylvania
>> and New Jersey. Until 2007 there were no recent records, but perhaps
>> to nobody making an effort to look. Apparently oligolectic on Spotted
>> Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa) and burrows into wood to make a nest.
>> species has the potential to be much more destructive than Xylocopa
>> A Megachile apicalis 1930. Europe, North Africa, Near and Middle East.
>> Western and eastern U.S. Relatively few records in the East but
>> widespread in
California and parts of the Pacific Northwest where it
>> specializes on star-thistle Centaurea solstitialis, and is often moved
>> around with Megachile rotundata pollinator tubes.
>> A Megachile concinna 1940. Africa. West Indies, Mexico, throughout the
>> southern U.S.
>> A Megachile ericetorum 2000. Europe, Near East, China. One recent
>> from southern Ontario.
>> A Megachile lanata 1700-1800. India and China. Introduced into the
>> Indies and northern South America where it possibly made its way
>> secondarily to Florida. Found throughout much of Florida but not likely
>> to spread farther unless it is brought to the southwestern deserts.
>> A Megachile rotundata 1920-1940. Europe to China. Throughout North
>> America to northern Mexico. Available
commercially, used in alfalfa
>> A Megachile sculpturalis 1990. Far eastern China, Korea, Japan.
>> and central U.S. and southern Canada. May move throughout the continent
>> as they use widely planted, introduced summer blooming leguminous trees
>> and shrubs.
>> A Osmia caerulescens 1800s. Europe, North Africa. Near East, India.
>> Northeastern and Northcentral U.S. and southern Canada. Appears to be
>> common than it once was, at least towards the south. No recent records
>> for the mid-Atlantic area despite a great deal of collecting, but still
>> common in upstate New York.
>> I Osmia cornifrons 1960. Eastern China, Korea, and Japan. Introduced
>> pollinate tree fruit crops. Feral populations established in
>> Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. Available commercially.
>> I Osmia cornuta 1980. Europe, North Africa, Near East. Introduced as a
>> pollinator of tree fruit crops in California, but its establishment has
>> not been documented.
>> A Osmia taurus 2000. Eastern China, Japan. Mid-Atlantic area and
>> Appalachian Mountains. Males in particular are very similar to O.
>> cornifrons and may be confused. Appears to be rapidly spreading and
>> A Pseudoanthidium sp. 2000. Currently the exact name has not been
>> ascertained, however, it appears to be the common European species.
>> Currently found in Baltimore and another urban area on the East Coast.
>> far only found in the most industrial, disturbed, and urban sites.
> John S.
> 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
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