Bulletin 15 - November 1981: Notes on the Bees and Wasps of the UAE
Notes on the Bees and Wasps of the UAEby C.G. Roche
Since I arrived in the UAE at the end of last year, I have been out collecting bees and wasps almost every Friday and public holiday as well as a few lunchtime forays. This activity has realised some 185 different species -- I have to say about because it is often difficult to relate correctly the males and females together; sometimes there is a considerable amount of variation within a species which can persuade one to think that more than one species is involved; on the other hand, it is equally easy to confuse sibling species which later have to be separated.
During a fortnight's leave in July, I managed with the expert help of my friends, Mr. K.M. Guichard (Sphecidae and Bumenidae) and Major D.D. Baker (Apoidea), to get part of this haul named. Of course much remains to be done on the balance of the specimens taken in the first six months of 1981, quite apart from those taken subsequently. What I have so far taken seems to warrant a preliminary report. In this paper I will not do more than to give a list with a few notes whether or not the species have been named. The reasons why some have not yet been named are:
Where I do not know the name of a species, I give it a number within its genus if I know that or within the family if I do not.
The following list of species taken between 1st January and 30th June 1981, includes those taken from just over in the Oman but before the frontier posts, i.e. from 'Fossil Canyon' etc., as well as from the UAE. Insects, after all, do not recognise political boundaries!
Preliminary list of the Hymenoptera aculeata of the UAE
In subsequent issues of this Bulletin, I shall hope to be able to correct this list, converting my numbered species into named ones when I have been able to and to add newly collected species (of which since 1st July there are already quite a number:). I also would like to give keys for the separation of the families, genera and species that I have found. Analysis of the list by place of capture would provide data of the comparative diversity of the different collecting places. Analysis by date of capture would be useful to give an idea of the flight periods of the species and of the males compared with the females of each species.
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