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Violent Weather and Bees: Populations of the Barrier Island Endemic, Hesperapis oraria (Hymenoptera: Melittidae) Survive a Category 3 Hurricane
James H. Cane
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 70, No. 1 (Jan., 1997), pp. 73-75
Published by: Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25085754
Page Count: 3
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The vulnerability of non-social bee populations to climatic perturbations is poorly known. A ground-nesting bee, Hesperapis oraria (Melittidae), is an autumnal univoltine species restricted to coastal dunes of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Adults are active from late September to early October, during the bloom of its sole pollen host, Balduina angustifolia (Asteraceae). On October 4 1995, a class 3 hurricane, "Opal", struck the entire coastal range of this bee. Ten populations first censused during 1993-1994 had all persisted into 1996, having withstood sustained winds of 185 km/hr, 13-25 cm of rain, and up to a 4.3 m tidal surge topped by 3 m waves that resulted in prolonged saltwater inundation of its dune habitats. Natural and anthropogenic factors that might endanger fragmented populations of this species are discussed from a conservation perspective.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society © 1997 Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society