oa African Entomology - A new Rediviva bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: MeliHidae) that collects oil from orchids

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



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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