Hylaeus melanothrix


 
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Black-haired Yellow-faced Bee
(Hylaeus melanothrix)

 
syn. Nesoprosopis melanothrix

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: East Maui

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

 
The Black-haired Yellow-faced Bee comes from East Maui and was described in the year 1899.

It is distinguished or could be distinguished from most of the other members in ist genus by its relatively long hair.

For this species the same can be said as for the Maui Yellow-faced Bee (Hylaeus mauiensis), it is considered extinct, but because of the inaccessibility of its biotope it could possibly be still extant.

 
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 melanothrix. 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