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A Nest and Pollen-Collection Records of Osmia sculleni Sandhouse, a Bee with Hooked Hairs on the Mouthparts (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)
F. D. Parker and V. J. Tepedino
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 55, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 329-334
Published by: Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25084291
Page Count: 6
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The first recorded nest of Osmia sculleni Sandhouse is described from an elderberry trap nest stem attached to a branch of a conifer in Logan Canyon, Utah. From pollen analysis of the nest provision and from pollen-carrying females captured in southeastern Wyoming, it appears that O. sculleni, like some other taxa with hooked hairs on the mouthparts, is an oligolege of plants of the borage family. The association between boraginaceous plants and bees with hooked hairs on the mouthparts is briefly reviewed. The suggestion that hooked hairs aid in the collection of pollen from borage plants requires additional evidence.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society © 1982 Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society