Hylaeus in Hawaii


Hylaeus kuakea

Islands: Oahu

Locations: Oahu - (Moho Gulch Ridge)

Habitats: Lowland mesic forest

Plants: None

Xerces: Hylaeus kuakea is a small bee endemic to the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It is distinguished by the unusual ivory facial marks. It is similar to H. anthracinus, differing by the facial marks and longer hairs on the head. It is known only from two specimens collected in 1997.
Species ProfilePDF

Insects of Hawaii: Small bees with slightly smoky wings. Male with a single ivory mark on the clypeus and narrowly in the adjacent paraocular area; median frons with dense, small pits, distinctly more so than in paraocular area; hair of vertex and scutum long. Process of S8 arched, very weakly dilated. Female unknown. Very similar to H. anthracinus; distinguished by the denser, more distinct punctation of the frons, longer hairs, and generally narrower paraocular marks.

Only two specimens are known, from a single locality in the Waianae Mountains. One specimen is the holotype; the other was used for genetic analysis.
Insects of Hawaii Volume 17PDF

UH/DOD:
Hylaeus near military landsPDF

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