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  • T'ai Roulston
    Sam: I think it s great you put this together. I don t know of sightings of the others, but Jim Cane s 1997 manuscript should take Hesperapis oraria off your
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 9, 2010
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      Sam:

      I think it's great you put this together. I don't know of sightings of the others, but Jim Cane's 1997 manuscript should take Hesperapis oraria off your list.

      Cane JH. 1997. Violent weather and bees: Populations of the Barrier Island endemic, Hesperapis oraria (Hymenoptera: Melittidae) survive a category 3 hurricane. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 70: 73-75.


      T'ai

      On Mar 9, 2010, at 3:20 PM, Sam Droege wrote:

       


      All:

      Below is a list which contains the names of 74 species that are known to have occurred East of the Mississippi River in the U.S. and Canada at some point (you will just have to imagine that the Mississippi gets up to Canada)  that a group of active collectors have not seen in the past 20 years.

      The following individuals contributed to that list:

      Mike Arduser
      John Ascher
      Sheila Colla
      Sam Droege
      Jason Gibbs
      Terry Griswold
      Harold Ikerd
      Rob Jean
      Jack Neff
      Molly Rightmyer
      Cory Sheffield
      Michael Veit

      We are looking for anyone with ANY records for any of these species from ANYWHERE during the past 20 years.   Its fine if those records are from Western North America.  Note that we are starting with Eastern species simply because we are more familiar with that group and there are fewer species involved (approximately 775).  Some of the species and names below come from groups that have taxonomic difficulties so the presence of their name here may simply be the result of lack of recent revisions that can clarify their status.   That said, most of these names do represent legitimate species, almost all of which have always been rare (correct me if I am wrong please).  

      After sending this list around to people like you, we expect that additional recent records will be discovered for some.  At the end of the exercise we will tabulate the species, annotate what is known of their habitats, geographic distribution, time or year, etc. and provide instructions as to where to look and collect to see if any of these species can be re-found.  

      [Side Note:  There are approximately 800 breeding species of birds in North America....one would expect that people would be very concerned if a tenth of the species on that list hadn't been seen in the past 20 years...so, why aren't you concerned about these bees?]

      Thank you.

      sam.....

      Andrena cragini
      Andrena daeckei
      Andrena duplicata
      Andrena helianthiformis
      Andrena ignota
      Andrena irrasus
      Andrena lamelliterga
      Andrena mendica
      Andrena peckhami
      Andrena wilmattae
      Caupolicana electa
      Centris errans
      Coelioxys bisoncornua
      Colletes andrewsi
      Colletes ciliatus
      Colletes longifacies
      Colletes titusensis
      Epeolus banksi
      Epeolus canadensis
      Epeolus carolinus
      Epeolus floridensis
      Epeolus lanhami
      Epeolus vernalis
      Hesperapis oraria
      Hylaeus flammipes
      Hylaeus formosus
      Hylaeus volusiensis
      Lasioglossum alachuense
      Lasioglossum stuartense
      Macropis patellata
      Macropis steironematis  
      Megachile bahamensis
      Megachile ingenua
      Megachile integrella
      Megachile oenotherae
      Melissodes fimbriata
      Melissodes manipularis
      Melissodes pilleata
      Nomada aquilarum
      Nomada augustiana
      Nomada micheneri
      Nomada seneciophila
      Nomada vincta
      Osmia hyperborea
      Osmia illinoensis
      Osmia svenssoni
      Perdita floridensis
      Perdita graenicheri
      Perdita krombeini
      Perdita mitchelli
      Perdita nubila
      Perdita obscurata
      Perdita townesi
      Pseudopanurgus helianthi
      Pseudopanurgus pauper
      Sphecodes crawfordi
      Sphecodes exaltus
      Sphecodes galerus
      Sphecodes nigricorpus
      Sphecodes paraplesius
      Sphecodes smilacinae
      Sphecodes trentonensis
      Stelis permaculata
      Trachusa crassipes
      Trachusa dorsalis
      Triepeolus micropygius
      Triepeolus mitchelli
      Triepeolus monardae
      Triepeolus nigrihirtus
      Triepeolus quadrifasciatus atlanticus
      Triepeolus rufithorax
      Xeromelecta interrupta
      Lasioglossum dubitatum
      Lasioglossum wheeleri

      Sam Droege  sdroege@usgs. gov                      
      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
      Http://www.pwrc. usgs.gov



      For All

      Ah to be alive
      on a mid-September morn
      fording a stream
      barefoot, pants rolled up,
      holding boots, pack on,
      sunshine, ice in the shallows,
      northern rockies.

      Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
      stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
      cold nose dripping
      singing inside
      creek music, heart music,
      smell of sun on gravel.

      I pledge allegiance

      I pledge allegiance to the soil
      of Turtle Island,
      and to the beings who thereon dwell
      one ecosystem
      in diversity
      under the sun
      With joyful interpenetration for all.

      - Gary Snyder

       
      P Bees are not optional.


      T'ai Roulston
      Curator, State Arboretum of Virginia
      Research Assoc. Prof., Dept of Envi. Sci.
      University of Virginia



    • Chanda Henne
      Hi Sam, I collected Megachile oenotherae as part of my thesis project. I collected one female from Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management Area in southeastern
      Message 2 of 8 , Mar 9, 2010
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        Hi Sam,

        I collected Megachile oenotherae as part of my thesis project. I collected one female from Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Louisiana. I can't remember which year it was collected, though. It was either during 2002 or 2003. I believe since I only collected one that the specimen currently resides with my voucher collection at the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum at LSU.

        My thesis with everything I collected can be accessed online:

        Bartholomew,. C. S. 2004. Bees associated with Louisiana longleaf pine savannas. M.S. Thesis. Louisiana State. University; Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-07062004-113139/unrestricted/Bartholomew_thesis.pdf)

        A checklist of what I collected combined with bees Michener found near Hattiesburg, Mississippi and published in 1947 can also be found in the following paper. I can send you a pdf if you're interested.

        Bartholomew, C.S., D. Prowell, and T. Griswold. 2006. An annotated checklist of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) in longleaf pine savannas of southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 79(2): 184-198.

        I hope all this helps. If you need more information, please let me know.

        Thanks,
        Chanda Henne


        >>> Sam Droege <sdroege@...> 03/09/10 2:21 PM >>>
        All:

        Below is a list which contains the names of 74 species that are known to
        have occurred East of the Mississippi River in the U.S. and Canada at some
        point (you will just have to imagine that the Mississippi gets up to
        Canada) that a group of active collectors have not seen in the past 20
        years.

        The following individuals contributed to that list:

        Mike Arduser
        John Ascher
        Sheila Colla
        Sam Droege
        Jason Gibbs
        Terry Griswold
        Harold Ikerd
        Rob Jean
        Jack Neff
        Molly Rightmyer
        Cory Sheffield
        Michael Veit

        We are looking for anyone with ANY records for any of these species from
        ANYWHERE during the past 20 years. Its fine if those records are from
        Western North America. Note that we are starting with Eastern species
        simply because we are more familiar with that group and there are fewer
        species involved (approximately 775). Some of the species and names below
        come from groups that have taxonomic difficulties so the presence of their
        name here may simply be the result of lack of recent revisions that can
        clarify their status. That said, most of these names do represent
        legitimate species, almost all of which have always been rare (correct me
        if I am wrong please).

        After sending this list around to people like you, we expect that
        additional recent records will be discovered for some. At the end of the
        exercise we will tabulate the species, annotate what is known of their
        habitats, geographic distribution, time or year, etc. and provide
        instructions as to where to look and collect to see if any of these
        species can be re-found.

        [Side Note: There are approximately 800 breeding species of birds in
        North America....one would expect that people would be very concerned if a
        tenth of the species on that list hadn't been seen in the past 20
        years...so, why aren't you concerned about these bees?]

        Thank you.

        sam.....

        Andrena cragini
        Andrena daeckei
        Andrena duplicata
        Andrena helianthiformis
        Andrena ignota
        Andrena irrasus
        Andrena lamelliterga
        Andrena mendica
        Andrena peckhami
        Andrena wilmattae
        Caupolicana electa
        Centris errans
        Coelioxys bisoncornua
        Colletes andrewsi
        Colletes ciliatus
        Colletes longifacies
        Colletes titusensis
        Epeolus banksi
        Epeolus canadensis
        Epeolus carolinus
        Epeolus floridensis
        Epeolus lanhami
        Epeolus vernalis
        Hesperapis oraria
        Hylaeus flammipes
        Hylaeus formosus
        Hylaeus volusiensis
        Lasioglossum alachuense
        Lasioglossum stuartense
        Macropis patellata
        Macropis steironematis
        Megachile bahamensis
        Megachile ingenua
        Megachile integrella
        Megachile oenotherae
        Melissodes fimbriata
        Melissodes manipularis
        Melissodes pilleata
        Nomada aquilarum
        Nomada augustiana
        Nomada micheneri
        Nomada seneciophila
        Nomada vincta
        Osmia hyperborea
        Osmia illinoensis
        Osmia svenssoni
        Perdita floridensis
        Perdita graenicheri
        Perdita krombeini
        Perdita mitchelli
        Perdita nubila
        Perdita obscurata
        Perdita townesi
        Pseudopanurgus helianthi
        Pseudopanurgus pauper
        Sphecodes crawfordi
        Sphecodes exaltus
        Sphecodes galerus
        Sphecodes nigricorpus
        Sphecodes paraplesius
        Sphecodes smilacinae
        Sphecodes trentonensis
        Stelis permaculata
        Trachusa crassipes
        Trachusa dorsalis
        Triepeolus micropygius
        Triepeolus mitchelli
        Triepeolus monardae
        Triepeolus nigrihirtus
        Triepeolus quadrifasciatus atlanticus
        Triepeolus rufithorax
        Xeromelecta interrupta
        Lasioglossum dubitatum
        Lasioglossum wheeleri

        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
        Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov

        For All

        Ah to be alive
        on a mid-September morn
        fording a stream
        barefoot, pants rolled up,
        holding boots, pack on,
        sunshine, ice in the shallows,
        northern rockies.

        Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
        stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
        cold nose dripping
        singing inside
        creek music, heart music,
        smell of sun on gravel.

        I pledge allegiance

        I pledge allegiance to the soil
        of Turtle Island,
        and to the beings who thereon dwell
        one ecosystem
        in diversity
        under the sun
        With joyful interpenetration for all.

        - Gary Snyder

        P Bees are not optional.
      • Doug Yanega
        Triepeolus quadrifasciatus atlanticus appears on the list, but that s a pretty iffy subspecies, unless Molly Rightmyer has clarified something in her recent
        Message 3 of 8 , Mar 9, 2010
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          Triepeolus quadrifasciatus atlanticus

          appears on the list, but that's a pretty iffy subspecies, unless
          Molly Rightmyer has clarified something in her recent revision (which
          I have not yet seen). I routinely collected quadrifasciatus in Kansas
          in the 1990's, but atlanticus is not known from there (though it's
          recorded from Missouri) - however, neither is nominate
          quadrifasciatus (that's recorded from Arkansas and Texas)! So, if the
          bees in Kansas are atlanticus, then that one can essentially be
          removed from the list (since occurrence west of the Mississippi still
          counts). If not, then the ranges of the two subspecies are just a WEE
          bit suspicious; why would atlanticus be in Missouri but not in
          eastern Kansas?

          Peace,
          --

          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)
          http://cache.ucr.edu/~heraty/yanega.html
          "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
          is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82
        • Jack Neff
          Molly recognized T. q. atlanticus in her 2008 revision and reported 3 specimens from Alabama at nests of Svastra atripes atrimitra. These were the bees Cane
          Message 4 of 8 , Mar 9, 2010
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            Molly recognized T. q. atlanticus in her 2008 revision and reported 3 specimens from Alabama at nests of Svastra atripes atrimitra.  These were the bees Cane reported on in 1995 so I guess that fits in that 20 year window.   In her treatment, the two subspecies are allopatric and the Kansas material should be the nominate western subspecies.
             
            John L. Neff
            Central Texas Melittological Institute
            7307 Running Rope
            Austin,TX 78731 USA
            512-345-7219



            From: Doug Yanega <dyanega@...>
            To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Tue, March 9, 2010 4:42:40 PM
            Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] 74 Missing Native Bee Species - Not Seen in the Past 20 Years

             

            Triepeolus quadrifasciatus atlanticus

            appears on the list, but that's a pretty iffy subspecies, unless
            Molly Rightmyer has clarified something in her recent revision (which
            I have not yet seen). I routinely collected quadrifasciatus in Kansas
            in the 1990's, but atlanticus is not known from there (though it's
            recorded from Missouri) - however, neither is nominate
            quadrifasciatus (that's recorded from Arkansas and Texas)! So, if the
            bees in Kansas are atlanticus, then that one can essentially be
            removed from the list (since occurrence west of the Mississippi still
            counts). If not, then the ranges of the two subspecies are just a WEE
            bit suspicious; why would atlanticus be in Missouri but not in
            eastern Kansas?

            Peace,
            --

            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)
            http://cache. ucr.edu/~ heraty/yanega. html
            "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
            is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82


          • Pemberton, Robert
            Hi Sam, Centris errans can be readily seen in Miami-Dade County visiting Brysonima lucida (Malphighiaceae) in pinelands and gardens when it flowers in the
            Message 5 of 8 , Mar 9, 2010
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              Hi Sam,

               

              Centris errans can be readily seen in Miami-Dade County visiting Brysonima lucida (Malphighiaceae) in pinelands and gardens when it flowers in the spring.  Hong Liu and I did a pollination study of our native rare cowhorn orchid, Cyrtopodium punctatum, using naturally occurring plants at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables and found that Centris errans was the only pollinator of the orchid.

               

              Pemberton, R.W. and H. Liu. 2008. Potential of invasive and native solitary specialist bee pollinators to help restore the rare cowhorn orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum) in Florida. Biological Conservation 141: 1758-1764.

               

              Interestingly, in a related study, we found the invasive Centris nitida was the only documented pollinator of the invasive orchid Cyrtopodium polyphyllum.

               

              Liu, H. and R.W. Pemberton. in press. Pollination of an invasive orchid (Cyrtopodium polyphyllum) by an invasive oil-collecting bee (Centris nitida) in southern Florida.  Botany (Canadian J. Botany).

               

              I have also caught Centris errans visiting a flowering plant of Byrsonima lucida in my residential garden in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County a few years back.   

               

              Best Regards, Bob

               

               

              Robert Pemberton Ph.D.

              Research Associate

              Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Cables, Florida

              Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida

              Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Ft Lauderdale, Florida

              Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

              Office 954-475-6548 Cell 954-812-3908

               

               

            • Jack Neff
              Sam: Beth Norden et al reported on the biology of Perdita graenicheri in 1992 (J. Hym. Res. 1:107-118) but the field work was from 1989 so I guess it doesn t
              Message 6 of 8 , Mar 10, 2010
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                Sam:  Beth Norden et al reported on the biology of Perdita graenicheri in 1992 (J. Hym. Res. 1:107-118) but the field work was from 1989 so I guess it doesn't quite make your deadline.  Since the bee seemed to be locally common in 1989, its demise by 1990 seems unlikely since neither its floral hosts, nor its nest sites were likely to disappear.  I also have a short series of what I've identified as Osmia illinoensis from the Lost Pines region of Texas -  the ID is only tentative so I wouldn't scratch it from the list yet.

                best

                Jack
                 
                John L. Neff
                Central Texas Melittological Institute
                7307 Running Rope
                Austin,TX 78731 USA
                512-345-7219



                From: Sam Droege <sdroege@...>
                To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Tue, March 9, 2010 2:20:27 PM
                Subject: [beemonitoring] 74 Missing Native Bee Species - Not Seen in the Past 20 Years

                 


                All:

                Below is a list which contains the names of 74 species that are known to have occurred East of the Mississippi River in the U.S. and Canada at some point (you will just have to imagine that the Mississippi gets up to Canada)  that a group of active collectors have not seen in the past 20 years.

                The following individuals contributed to that list:

                Mike Arduser
                John Ascher
                Sheila Colla
                Sam Droege
                Jason Gibbs
                Terry Griswold
                Harold Ikerd
                Rob Jean
                Jack Neff
                Molly Rightmyer
                Cory Sheffield
                Michael Veit

                We are looking for anyone with ANY records for any of these species from ANYWHERE during the past 20 years.   Its fine if those records are from Western North America.  Note that we are starting with Eastern species simply because we are more familiar with that group and there are fewer species involved (approximately 775).  Some of the species and names below come from groups that have taxonomic difficulties so the presence of their name here may simply be the result of lack of recent revisions that can clarify their status.   That said, most of these names do represent legitimate species, almost all of which have always been rare (correct me if I am wrong please).  

                After sending this list around to people like you, we expect that additional recent records will be discovered for some.  At the end of the exercise we will tabulate the species, annotate what is known of their habitats, geographic distribution, time or year, etc. and provide instructions as to where to look and collect to see if any of these species can be re-found.  

                [Side Note:  There are approximately 800 breeding species of birds in North America....one would expect that people would be very concerned if a tenth of the species on that list hadn't been seen in the past 20 years...so, why aren't you concerned about these bees?]

                Thank you.

                sam.....

                Andrena cragini
                Andrena daeckei
                Andrena duplicata
                Andrena helianthiformis
                Andrena ignota
                Andrena irrasus
                Andrena lamelliterga
                Andrena mendica
                Andrena peckhami
                Andrena wilmattae
                Caupolicana electa
                Centris errans
                Coelioxys bisoncornua
                Colletes andrewsi
                Colletes ciliatus
                Colletes longifacies
                Colletes titusensis
                Epeolus banksi
                Epeolus canadensis
                Epeolus carolinus
                Epeolus floridensis
                Epeolus lanhami
                Epeolus vernalis
                Hesperapis oraria
                Hylaeus flammipes
                Hylaeus formosus
                Hylaeus volusiensis
                Lasioglossum alachuense
                Lasioglossum stuartense
                Macropis patellata
                Macropis steironematis  
                Megachile bahamensis
                Megachile ingenua
                Megachile integrella
                Megachile oenotherae
                Melissodes fimbriata
                Melissodes manipularis
                Melissodes pilleata
                Nomada aquilarum
                Nomada augustiana
                Nomada micheneri
                Nomada seneciophila
                Nomada vincta
                Osmia hyperborea
                Osmia illinoensis
                Osmia svenssoni
                Perdita floridensis
                Perdita graenicheri
                Perdita krombeini
                Perdita mitchelli
                Perdita nubila
                Perdita obscurata
                Perdita townesi
                Pseudopanurgus helianthi
                Pseudopanurgus pauper
                Sphecodes crawfordi
                Sphecodes exaltus
                Sphecodes galerus
                Sphecodes nigricorpus
                Sphecodes paraplesius
                Sphecodes smilacinae
                Sphecodes trentonensis
                Stelis permaculata
                Trachusa crassipes
                Trachusa dorsalis
                Triepeolus micropygius
                Triepeolus mitchelli
                Triepeolus monardae
                Triepeolus nigrihirtus
                Triepeolus quadrifasciatus atlanticus
                Triepeolus rufithorax
                Xeromelecta interrupta
                Lasioglossum dubitatum
                Lasioglossum wheeleri

                Sam Droege  sdroege@usgs. gov                      
                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
                Http://www.pwrc. usgs.gov



                For All

                Ah to be alive
                on a mid-September morn
                fording a stream
                barefoot, pants rolled up,
                holding boots, pack on,
                sunshine, ice in the shallows,
                northern rockies.

                Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
                stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
                cold nose dripping
                singing inside
                creek music, heart music,
                smell of sun on gravel.

                I pledge allegiance

                I pledge allegiance to the soil
                of Turtle Island,
                and to the beings who thereon dwell
                one ecosystem
                in diversity
                under the sun
                With joyful interpenetration for all.

                - Gary Snyder

                 
                P Bees are not optional.

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