Bee ID Tanzania

Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Muhammad Mahdi on 18 May 2009, 19:11

About 8mm long
Pictured in Tanzania. Is it sticking its tongue out? Why?
Thanks
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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Camille Thirion on 21 May 2009, 23:54

Perhaps Anthophoridae?
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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Muhammad Mahdi on 24 May 2009, 09:04

Thanks Camille.
Is that the family? :oops:

Any possibility of genus?
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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Montanus on 24 May 2009, 10:15

Edited: Anthophoridae is now considered a tribe Anthophorini, subfamily Apinae, of Apidae.

My best guess for a genus would be Pachymelus (Apidae, Anthophorini), but these are nearly twice as large as you indicate.

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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Muhammad Mahdi on 24 May 2009, 10:28

I could have mistaken by a few mm but not that much.
Any idea about the tongue?
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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Montanus on 24 May 2009, 21:22

Bees sometimes take liquids (e.g. water or aphid secretions) from the vegetation.

Your bee may also belong to the tribe Eucerini (same subfamily as above), like the genera Tetralonia or Tetraloniella. These genera contain several species that are smaller than Pachymelus.
Anyway, it is certainly a female.

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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Muhammad Mahdi on 24 May 2009, 22:07

Thank you for your help :)
Much appreciated :lol:
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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Montanus on 24 May 2009, 23:44

Here is a Pachymelus female from Morogoro, Tanzania. Length 16 mm.
dsc061532 Pachymelus.jpg

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Re: Bee ID Tanzania

Postby Muhammad Mahdi on 25 May 2009, 06:25

Thanks. Looks very similar indeed.
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