Another new generic record for Puerto Rico – Hylaeus

Last month, I collected two female Hylaeus from Puerto Rico. There are no known Hylaeus recorded for the island, so I’m not sure what species these ladies are. I’m working on trying to identify them, and will update this post, once I have more information.

To date, I have found three new generic records: Ceratina, Sphecodes and now Hylaeus. This shows that more sampling is needed for the island.

 

Hylaeus female face - from Puerto Rico (image by Andrew Ernst @ NCSU)

Hylaeus female face – from Puerto Rico (image by Andrew Ernst @ NCSU)

Hylaeus female side- from Puerto Rico (image by Andrew Ernst @ NCSU)

Hylaeus female side- from Puerto Rico (image by Andrew Ernst @ NCSU)

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2 responses to “Another new generic record for Puerto Rico – Hylaeus

  1. They do not look too different to the ones I get in my garden. I’m sure a lot of people must think they are little flies. The difference over here is that they have been caught and studied. Amelia

  2. I’m sure you have some bees of this genus where you live. If you look at this distribution map (http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20m?kind=Hylaeus) you can see that they’re common throughout the world.
    A lot of people have no idea that bees can get that small, and actually a good number of people have the misconception that all bees are honey bees. Slowly but surely, native bees are getting more and more attention, and people are starting to realize their importance.
    Glad you know about them and are able to spread the word 🙂

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