RE: [beemonitoring] Records of Megachile sculpturalis?
Peter and others- here are the papers likely to answer your questions. If you need more, Dr. Mangum could answer if anyone could.
BATRA, S. W. T. 1998. Biology of the giant resin bee, Megachile sculpturalis Smith, a conspicuous new immigrant in Maryland. The Maryland Naturalist 42: 1-3.
MANGUM, W. A. AND R. W. BROOKS. 1997. First records of Megachile (Callomegachile) sculpturalis Smith (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in the continental United States. J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 70: 140-142.
MANGUM, W. A. AND S. SUMNER. 2003. A survey of the North American range of Megachile (Callomegachile) sculpturalis, an adventive species in North America. J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 76: 658-662.
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- First detected in North America in North Carolina in 1994 (Mangum and Brooks, 1997). First observed in Canada (Ontario) in 2002 (Mangum and Sumner, 2003; Paiero and Buck, 2004), and recently collected in Quebec (Gibbs and Sheffield, 2009).
I would not let it sit on my hand, because those I have captured have threatened with their mandibles, and those are formidable!!
Barbara J. Abraham, Ph.D.
SEEDS Ecology Chapter Advisor
Department of Biological Sciences
Hampton, VA 23668
Does anyone have access to museum records documenting the first specimen of Megachile sculpturalis caught in North America. What is the month and year? Where was its caught? This species is now in St. Louis, Missouri but I was under the impressions it first appear somewhere on the east coast. Youtube videos indicate it's in Toronto, Canada, and some people like to raise it. See the following link. Would you let this "friendly" bee sit on your hand?
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