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Re: [beemonitoring] 74 Missing Native Bee Species - Not Seen in the Past 20 Years

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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 1:03 PM
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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



    • 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 2 of 8 , Mar 9 3:07 PM
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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 3 of 8 , Mar 9 8:20 PM
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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 4 of 8 , Mar 10 8:31 AM
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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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