oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on Heriades freygessneri Schletterer (Hymenoptera : Megachilidae)

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Early in August 1959 individuals of a small black bee were seen investigating holes and crevices in the brick outer walls, as well as the woodwork of doors, etc., of the building occupied by� the Division of Entomology in Port Elizabeth. Specimens were sent to Dr K. V. Krombein, U.S. National Museum, and he stated it to be a species of Heriades, a genus of small bees of the family Megachilidae, to which the well-known leaf-cutting and carder bees also belong. Further material was later submitted to Prof. J. J. Pasteels, Brussels, who is of the opinion that it is H. freygessneri Schletterer, but that comparison with the type, believed to be in either Berlin or Vienna, is required to confirm this.

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