A new species of Fidelia Friese, 1899 (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae), with a key to the species of the genus

Jessica R. Litman, Connal D. Eardley, Michael Kuhlmann


A new species of Fidelia Friese, 1899 is described from southern Africa: Fidelia (Fideliopsis) whiteheadi Litman & Kuhlmann sp. nov. Diagnostic characters are provided to distinguish this species from others in the genus, particularly from the closely related F. hessei; an updated description for Fidelia hessei is also given. The host plant preferences and seasonal activity of F. whiteheadi Litman & Kuhlmann sp. nov. and F. hessei are discussed. Finally, a revised, illustrated key to species of the genus Fidelia is presented.


Bees; Fidelia whiteheadi sp. nov.; South Africa; Namibia; pollinator

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2016.174


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