NH Bee Checklist

Hi all, first journal post. I just wanted to send out a notice to those interested that I have been updating the New Hampshire Bee Checklist to better conform to up-to-date unpublished datasets from Michael Veit (referenced in Veit et al. 2021, 'A Checklist of the Bees of Massachusetts'). There remain a dozen or so species which differ between this list and my initial version of the NH Bee Checklist due to various historical or singleton records, some of which may be dubious but others seem legitimate, which I will continue to attempt to resolve. A handful of species are additionally unrecorded from NH but present in VT, MA, and/or ME which suggests they are here as well (thanks to the very thorough VT Wild Bee Survey headed up by Spencer Hardy, @beeboy). This leaves the list at 337 extant species (338 including Bombus affinis). This may still change, give or take a few, as I continue to revise, and I am attempting to add notes to species of interest. Any naturalists in NH would do well to search for bees wherever possible, as only around one quarter of listed species have been documented in the state on iNat. A few, such as Hylaeus nelumbonis, Melitta americana, and Habropoda laboriosa, are as of yet undocumented but possible in the state and I consider these high priority to go out and look for. H. nelumbonis is a probable diet generalist associated with freshwater marshes, M. americana is a cranberry specialist found in bogs, and H. laboriosa is a blueberry specialist associated with sandy soils.

Posted on 06 March, 2023 05:40 by mollymjacobson mollymjacobson


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