Re: [beemonitoring] Eucerini
- I did something similar for a bee workshop. I wanted an easy key to Northern CA bee genera. In addition to "Bees of the World", DiscoverLife, and BugGuide.net, I also relied on:
Stephen, W P., G. E. Bohart, and P. F. Torchio. 1969. The Biology and External Morphology of Bees. ii + 140 pp. Corvallis: Agricultural Experiment Station, Oregon State University.
available on: http://scholarsarchive.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/2080/THEBIOLOGYANDEXTERNALM.pdf?sequence=8
It is also taxanomically out-dated, but it covers your area well. I used the Hymenoptera Name Server
http://atbi.biosci.ohio-state.edu/ to figure out the current/valid taxonomy for each bee genera given in Stephen et al 1969. From this I put together a draft list of genera in northern California (see attached pdf). For my study area, I pruned out several genera that have a more northerly distribution and a few from southern xeric regions.
Hope your efforts pan out.
On 10/19/2012 6:40 PM, Dana Visalli wrote:
I'm trying to put together a simple key (note oxymoron) to bee families and genera of my area--northern Washington State--just as an exercise in getting oriented. I'm using 'The Bee Generaof North & Central America' as a guide.The questions of the moment: 1) Eucera is not in that book; why would that be? Ross Arnett's'American Insects' 1985 edition says there is only one species of Eucera in NA. DiscoverLifelists 9 species....but not E. frater, the one on a list I have for Central Washington. 2) What'sgoing on with Eucera?3) How does one split Eucera from Melissodes?4) Forgive me if I've asked this before, but is there a bee species list extant for Washington Stateor for the Pacific Northwest?Thanks very much,Dana VisalliTwisp, WA