Hylaeus in Hawaii


Hylaeus leptocephalus

Islands: Oahu

Locations: None

Habitats: Coastal, Dry Lowland

Plants: Tournefortia

Xerces: No info.

Insects of Hawaii: This introduced species had not been recorded for several decades and was presumed extirpated. More-recent specimens were found in the Bishop Museum, indicating that it may still be present. However, it has still not been documented in the past 18 years. It may be persisting at low numbers in urban areas without spreading into forested or native sites.

The supraclypeal area is variable in shape, but consistently longer than wide (8 bees, W/L ratios 0.6-0.8), and the face is unusually long and narrow overall. Only H. solaris has a similarly narrow face; while it also has similar facial markings, the two species are not closely related.
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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