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A revision of the bees of the genus Andrena of the Western Hemisphere. Part XIV—Subgenus Onagrandrena

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Title: A revision of the bees of the genus Andrena of the Western Hemisphere. Part XIV—Subgenus Onagrandrena
Author(s): LaBerge, Wallace E.; Thorp, Robin W.
Contributor(s): Warwick, Charles
Subject(s): Onagrandrena bees Andrena morphology
Abstract: The subgenus Onagrandrena was first recognized and described by Linsley and MacSwain (1956) to include those black Andrena that are oligolectic on plants of the family Onagraceae and have pollen-collecting hairs modified to collect the specialized pollen from those plants. The males are more difficult to recognize than the females and most males are very similar to those of Melandrena. Since first described, two species of Onagrandrena have been recognized that have pale vestiture in both sexes. However, the pollen collecting hairs of both of these are of the Onagrandrena type, both sexes have well-formed pronotal angles and lateral ridges, and the males have relatively narrow, long mandibles with reduced or absent subapical teeth. The species of Onagrandrena are very similar and are difficult to tell apart. Populations seem to be relatively isolated in desert locations with habitats amenable to the host plants. This, we believe, has led to a proliferation of species and we can detect slight average differences between populations from different geographic locations within some species. A few of these microgeographic races have been recognized in the literature as subspecies, but the present authors prefer not to formally recognize these races with names. The reader is referred to earlier sections of this revision (LaBerge l967, l969, l97l, 1973, l977, l980, l986, l989; LaBerge and Bouseman 1970, 1987; LaBerge and Ribble 1972, 1975; Bouseman and LaBerge 1979; Thorp, 1969; Donovan, 1977) for details of morphology and for a more complete bibliography of the literature on Andrena. No new morphological terms have been introduced in the present work and the bibliography presented includes only references cited in the text or not listed in earlier parts of the revision. Published locality and floral records are included in the appropriate sections near the end of each species account. Maps showing the known distributions of species (Figs. 2-6) do not have all listed localities spotted on them. Localities that could be located only in a general way, such as county, or could not be found on maps or in gazetteers are omitted. Considerable detailed information is available concerning the floral activity of several species of Onagrandrena in papers by Linsley, MacSwain, Raven and Thorp (1963a and b, 1964) and MacSwain, Raven, and Thorp (1973). These papers also provide brief notes on nesting burrows and an earlier paper by Linsley, MacSwain and Smith (1955) gives details on the nesting biology of a few species of Onagrandrena.
Issue Date: 2005-03
Publisher: Champaign, Ill. : Illinois Natural History Survey
Citation Info: Thorp, Robbin W., and Wallace E. LaBerge. 2005. A revision of the bees of the genus Andrena of the Western Hemisphere. Part XIV—Subgenus Onagrandrena and Part XV—Subgenus Hesperandrena.Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletins 37(1):1–64 and 37(2):65–94.
Series/Report: Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin; v. 037, no. 01
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/26488
ISSN: 0073-4918
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Rights Information: Copyright 2005 University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-09-02
 

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