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Research Project: Managing and Conserving Diverse Bee Pollinators for Sustainable Crop Production and Wildland Preservation

Location: Pollinating Insect-Biology, Management, Systematics Research

Title: Megachile (Megachile) montivaga (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) nesting in live thistle (Asteraceae: Cirsium)

Author
item ORR, MICHAEL - Utah State University
item PORTMAN, ZACH - Utah State University
item Griswold, Terry

Submitted to: Journal of Melittology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/21/2015
Publication Date: 3/25/2015
Citation: Orr, M., Portman, Z., Griswold, T.L. 2015. Megachile (Megachile) montivaga (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) nesting in live thistle (Asteraceae: Cirsium). Journal of Melittology. 48:1-6.

Interpretive Summary: The bees of tropical Asia are among the least known of any place in the world. This is certainly true of the tribe of carder and resin bees (Anthidiini). A new species of resin bee of the rare genus Trachusoides is described from Laos. Until this discovery Trachusoides was known from a single specimen from southern India.

Technical Abstract: The rare genus Trachusoides, previously known only from a single species inhabiting the Western Ghats of India, is reviewed. Trachusoides elsieae, new species, is described from Laos, an additional record for T. simplex is documented, and a key to separate the species is provided.