Steven Falk > Collections > Insects > Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants and relatives) > Apoidea (bees)

I'm using Flickr text to highlight any corrections and crucial updates for the 2015 Field Guide to Bees of Great Britain and Ireland. Hopefully we will be able to incorporate these into a future revised edition.

p 27 Start of 2nd paragraph, 'Stepsiptera' should read 'Strepsiptera'.

p 52 Male (drone) Honey bees Apis mellifera have 12 antennal segments like female, not 13 like other male bees

p 62 Couplet 19, some Andrena can also have a gently curved basal vein like Ceratina, but never a strongly curved as in a halictid bee.

p 63 Couplet 23 should say 3rd (rather than 2nd) submarginal cell, fortunately the accompanying diagram clarifies.

p 65 Couplet 9 (bad mistake). The drawn out point (Fig 56) is actually present in males of Hoplitis, Chelostoma, Heriades and Osmia. Replace couplet with:
9 Either sternite 2 with a large, protruding welt (Fig 4, page 291) and tergite 7 lacking a pair of square-ended lobes, or apical antennal segment strongly hooked (Fig 5, page 291)..............Hoplitis
- Sternite 2 lacking a large projecting welt (except Chelostoma florisomne where tergite 7 bears a pair of square-ended lobes apically, see Fig 3, page 273) and apical antennal segment never strongly hooked.....................10

p 66 Couplet 18, some Andrena can also have a gently curved basal vein like Ceratina, but never a strongly curved as in halictid bee.

p 67 Couplet 22 should say 3rd (rather than 2nd) submarginal cell, fortunately the accompanying diagram clarifies.

p 81 Couplet 4, I have seen a female H. signatus from Jersey with yellow face markings extending higher than antennal insertions, but the pronotal collar is not as broad as H. punctulatissimus. This female also has the hind tibiae yellow on basal fifth i.e. more than normal for this species (the specimen is featured in my Flickr album).

p 83 Couplet 9, Hylaeus pictipes males can have short hairs on the face but these are much shorter than the width of an antennal flagellum (hyalinatus males have facial hairs as long as the width of a flagellum) and the scape is over twice as long as wide (less than twice as long as wide in hyalinatus).

p 94 Couplet 4, Andrena clarkella has blackish flocci but the hind tibiae are orange-haired, so it goes to couplet 5.

p 97 Couplet 7, Figs 14 & 20 should read Figs 20 & 21.

p 97 couplet 1 of Group B. Some 2nd generation female pilipes from Jersey have pale grey hairs on face, around the humeri and around the scutellum.

p 102 Fig 50 is A. humilis (as cited in key couplet 5) not barbilabris as labelled.

p 114 couplet 7, remove 'and tarsi' from both couplets as dorsata has dark hind tibiae but pale hind tarsi.

p 117 Figs 151 and 152 (serving couplet 7) should have shown the 3rd tarsal segment not segments 2-5, though the diagrams still show the much slimmer tarsal segments of A. dorsata.

p 118 Andrena angustior account states that the male has a white face - what I meant was white-haired face, the surface is black i.e. not a Group A species).

p 149 Andrena pilipes Variation: some 2nd generation females from Jersey have pale grey hairs on face, around the humeri and around the scutellum.

p 181 Lasioglossum luecozonium image should say leucozonium.

p 188 couplet 8 - the groove on the top of the abdomen of female minutissimum is often quite weak, but shape and size should suffice.

p 203 Lasioglossum limbellum can be stylopised (I have one such specimen from Jersey).

p 228 the imaqe of female Sphecodes gibbus actually proves to be the rarer but very similar-looking S. reticulatus.

Plate 3 The Andrena varians female variant (abdomen) is the form mixta referred to in the key and text.

p 259 Couplet 2, second option should take you to couplet 3 (there is no couplet 4!)

p 278 Osmia male key couplet 1, first option should direct you to 2 not 1.

p 291 Incorrect information relating to separation of male Hoplitis from Osmia - see correction on page 65 above.

p 307 Fig 13, the red line should point to one of the mandibles, not the labrum.

p 322 In Figs 36 and 37, it should be segments 3 & 4 not 3 & 5 that are shaded, though the segment proportions are OK.

p 348 Nomada similis account should say that N. fuscicornis has an evenly 'convex' scutellum (not concave), but the keys are OK.

p 362 Anthophora retusa female on the Channel Islands are strikingly different - the thorax, head and 1st tergite grey-brown haired with a black hair band across the top of the thorax between the wing bases, and tergites 2-4 with snow-white hair bands along the hind margins.

p 373 Fig 26, 'callumanus' should read 'cullumanus'.

p 390 Bombus lucorum map shows an incomplete distribution because there is no official BWARS map for Bombus lucorum sensu stricto as most 'lucorum' records are not supported by DNA analysis, which is the only way of being 100% certain you have the true Bombus lucorum and not B. cryptarum or B. magnus.

Bee Field Guide

Bee Field Guide

1 photo