Hylaeus in Hawaii


Hylaeus setosifrons

Islands: Hawaii

Locations: Hawaii - (Earthquake Trail, Kipuka Puaulu, Mauna Loa Est., Tree Molds, Volcano)

Habitats: Montane mesic and wet forest.

Plants: Cheirodendron, Metrosideros, Psychotria, Rubus, Santalum

Xerces: No info.

Insects of Hawaii: Large bees with punctured terga and dark wings. Male scape moderately dilated, face with ivory marks in lower paraocular areas and sometimes subapically on clypeus. Female pronotal collar with transverse ivory stripe complete or interrupted; tibiae with ivory stripes; basitarsi with or without ivory stripes. Both sexes with unusual dark, erect setae on face, almost all body hair black.

This species is widely distributed in the wet and mesic forest around Kilauea, but is uncommon. Nearly all of the body hair is black, and the erect clypeal hair is distinctive.
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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