Xylocopa iris?

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Xylocopa iris?

Postby Isidro on 28 Jul 2008, 15:26

If Xylocopa, sure is X. iris due to the small size, but, if it's another genus of bee?

Yesterday. Peñaflor, Aragon, NE Spain, 300 meters, continental-mediterranean climate, dry gypsic steppe-lands dominated by Retama sphaerocaropa, Rosmarinus officinalis, Artemisia herba-alba, Salsola vermiculata, etc... with wheat fields. Size: about 15-18 mm, as a small Bombus (such as B. muscorum or B. humilis).

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Can be identified?
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Re: Xylocopa iris?

Postby Christian on 28 Jul 2008, 18:15

Difficult. I cannot even recognize a genus, but I think it is not Xylocopa. You have annother photo?

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Re: Xylocopa iris?

Postby Isidro on 28 Jul 2008, 23:47

Sorry, I don't have. This is the only that the bee let me to take. If not Xylocopa (what a pity), could be a big specis of Andrena?
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Re: Xylocopa iris?

Postby Isidro on 10 Sep 2008, 14:01

I saw in this post viewtopic.php?f=8&t=805 that Megachile parietina is easiy mistaked with a small Xylocopa. Could be it?
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Re: Xylocopa iris?

Postby Christian on 10 Sep 2008, 16:21

I am really not sure about genus. Megachile parietina is possible, but there are also some large black and similar looking Andrena species (e.g. A morio).

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Re: Xylocopa iris?

Postby Isidro on 11 Sep 2008, 12:10

OK, thanks.
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Re: Xylocopa iris?

Postby Isidro on 18 May 2009, 09:25

Today Bernhard Jacobi, an enthusiast of Apoidea, said me that looks Xylocopa cantabrita for him. With this date I noticed than cantabrita have the same "small" size of X. iris, that fits with the one on the photo. Eyes are purple with spots as in a photo of X. cantabrita that he showed me. He said that don't looks like an Andrena for him. Coudl somebody confirm these new supposition?
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