Black and white bee from St George's Bay

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Black and white bee from St George's Bay

Post by AlanOuten » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:22 pm

This small bee species found at St. George;s Bay on 9 August is clearly a Thyreus sp. cf histrionicus. However I am aware that this is a very difficult genus and wonder if anything is known of the Maltese species and whether anyone with local knowledge is able to positively identify it to species.

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:23 am

Wow! very beautiful... I am also curious to know what it could be
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Post by AlanOuten » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:56 am

As indeed would I! The genus is certainly right but as indicated it is a large and difficult genus and apparently nobody in Europe is really working on the genus at present. I just wondered if there might be a Maltese Hymenopterist with specialist knowledge of those species occurring on the island. I do have other Maltese Hymenoptera queries which might be resolved in time by European specialists so I am holding on to those images for the time being.

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:18 pm

I know only one enthomologist which I can reccomend: Dr. David Mifsud (Google search and you find him).
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