Hylaeus mauiensis


 
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Maui Yellow-faced Bee
(Hylaeus mauiensis)

 
syn. Nesoprosopis mauiensis

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: East Maui

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: after 1899 (?)

 
The Maui Yellow-faced Bee is known only by two specimens, which were collected in the year 1899 in the damp mountain rainforests of East Maui. One of these specimens, a female, is now untraceable.

Because the mountainous regions of Maui are very difficult to access, and there have not been any searches since the beginning of the 20-th century, and furthermore the location, where the species was found lies inside of a conservation area, it is somewhat possible that the Maui Yellow-faced Bee still exists.

 
References:

- Howell V. Daly; Elwood Curtin Zimmerman; Karl N. Magnacca: 'Insects of Hawaii; Volume 17; Hawaiian Hylaeus (Nesoprosopis) Bees (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) (2003)
- K. N. Magnacca: Species Profile: Hylaeus mauiensis. In Shepherd, M. D. M. Vaughan, and S. H. Black (Eds.) Red List of Pollinator Insects of North America. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Portland, Oregon 2005