oa African Entomology - A new Rediviva bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: MeliHidae) that collects oil from orchids
|Article Title||A new Rediviva bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: MeliHidae) that collects oil from orchids|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Affiliations||1 *Entomology Department, South African Museum, Cape Town **National Botanic Institute, Kirstenbosch, Claremont|
|Publication Date||Jan 1993|
|Pages||159 - 166|
|Keyword(s)||Hymenoptera, Melittidae, Oil-collecting bee, Orchidaceae, Pterygodium acutifolium and Rediviva|
A new oil-collecting bee, Rediviva gigas (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Melittidae), is descriptionbed from the western Cape Province, South Africa. It differs from all other Rediviva Friese species by its much larger size, a three-toothed mandible in the female and the seventh metasomal sternum of the male which has apical lobes only. Unlike other western Cape Rediviva species, it is active in November and December, not in August and September. Females collect oil from three species of terrestrial orchids (Orchidaceae).
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