Augochlora buscki Cockerell

Augochlora buscki Cockerell

Augochlora buscki female

Augochlora buscki female

Augochlora buscki female

Augochlora buscki female

Augochlora buscki female

Augochlora buscki female

Augochlora buscki female

Augochlora buscki female

FEMALE (genus) (From The Bees of the World –  Michener 2007) 

  • proboscis not so slender, prementum 4 to 8 times as long as broad; proboscidial fossa much wider than mandibular base
  • inner hind tibial spur serrate, teeth shorter than wide, pointed or rounded, or margin of spur undulate or ciliate
  • scopa and median slit or notch and area of fine hairs on T5 present; integument rarely so coarsely punctate
  • labral process with strong median keel, usually pointed
  • inner hind tibial spur with rounded serrations, preoccipital ridge sharply angled or carinate
  • epistomal suture forming acute paraocular lobe protruding into clypeus
  • clypeus relatively flat, green almost to apex
  • anterior angle of hypostomal carina usually a sharp right angle or produced into spine
  • apex of marginal cell narrowly truncate and usually appendiculate (not quite all the way touching the wing margin)

SPECIES (Female) (from: Some bees of the genus Augochlora from the west indies by TDA Cockerell, Proceedings of the national museum, volume 37, p.493)

  • Length about 10 mm.;
  • head and thorax brilliant bluegreen;
  • abdomen yellowish-green, with purple tints laterally,
  • the hind margins of the segments being very broadly black, the black largely suffused with purple ;
  • head and thorax very densely and quite strongly pitted,
  • the pits of the mesothorax separately visible under a lens;
  • pubescence scanty, and poorly preserved in the specimen, but evidently short and black or mainly so on face and head and thorax above,
  •  pallid on ventral surface;
  •  head ordinary, not elongate, cheeks broad, and with a, small but evident tubercle beneath;
  • eyes deeply emarginate;
  • clypeus shining, with scattered punctures, its disk purple-tinted, but its upper margin narrowly golden-green;
  • mandibles black, with a blue spot at base;
  • antennnae dark;
  • scutellum closely and minutely punctured,
  • higihbous, with a ‘median sulcus; area of metathorax with numerous strong longitudinal strikes, which curve outwards a little just before reaching its outer edge;
  •  posterior face of metathorax dulish, without any sharp rim;
  •  tegula piceous with a rufous spot, the anterior base metallic;
  • wings very dark reddish; stigma and nervures dark red-brown;
  • first recurrent nervure joining second transverso-cubital, but toward outer side ;
  •  legs brown-black, anterior femora blue-green behind;
  •  hind spur microscopically serrate, the teeth dark;
  • abdomen only moderately shining;
  • venter with long hair, partly black and partly dull white.
  • The claw-joints are ferruginous.

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