Xylocopa appendiculata in US?
- Hi, folks. Someone just sent me the attached photo for ID, from San
Francisco. I believe (and maybe folks here can confirm) that this is
X. appendiculata (possibly circumvolans; I don't know how to ID the
subspecies). Note the yellow hair on the vertex, which is absent from
X. virginica. Has this species been recorded previously from the US?
I see no such records in DiscoverLife, but maybe people here would
know of unpublished records.
If this is a new introduction, is there anyone at USDA-APHIS who
needs to be notified? Press release?
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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