Hylaeus in Hawaii


Hylaeus kukui

Islands: Maui

Locations: Maui - (Puu Kukui Trail)

Habitats: Montane wet forest

Plants: None

Xerces: No info.

Insects of Hawaii: Medium-sized bees with slightly smoky wings. Male with a distinctive parallel sided ivory stripe down the middle of the face and long hair on the scutum; moderately dilated scape with an orange mark, unusual pale orange S6 and gonoforceps. Female unmarked except for prothoracic collar.

This species is related to H. muranus of Hawaii, but lacks the transverse scape and any trace of iridescence on the abdomen. All of KMs specimens were caught flying in a small area under a low fern; a long series from East Maui exists at the Bishop Museum. It appears to occur widely in the wet forests of Maui.
Insects of Hawaii Volume 17PDF

UH/DOD:
Hylaeus near military landsPDF

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Images and information mostly from various works by Karl Magnacca.
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