2015 Hawai'i Conservation Conference
Smithsonian Botanical Symposium
Nest ecology of an endemic Hawaiian bee, Hylaeus anthracinus (Hymenoptera: Colletidae) and implications for conservation
Poster presented at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. in May 2016
Abstract: Hylaeus anthracinus (Hymenoptera: Colletidae) is an endemic Hawaiian bee and candidate for federal protection as an endangered species. On Oahu, H. anthracinus populations are restricted to a few isolated populations in fragments of endangered coastal strand habitat. Prior to this study, knowledge of H. anthracinus natural history was based largely on observations from closely related bees, but little was known regarding the specific nest ecology, or immature development needed to design effective and sustainable conservation management methodologies.