Dasypoda STEP Europe

Denis Michez

Atlas of the European Bees: genus Dasypoda

Updated 1.III.2012

This page is constructed in the framework of the STEP project
Status and Trends of European Pollinators
Coordinator: Simon Geoffrey Potts, University of Reading

STEP Partners to Objective 1 (Document the status and trends of pollinators, map distributions):
University of Mons (Prof. Pierre Rasmont; Denis Michez; Stephanie Iserbyt; Yvan Barbier)
University of Reading (Stuart Roberts)

Denis Michez

Michez D. 2012. Atlas of the European Bees: genus Dasypoda. STEP Project, Atlas Hymenoptera, Mons, Gembloux. http://www.zoologie.umh.ac.be//hymenoptera/page.aspx?ID=195


European bees
Dasypoda genus
This map summarizes the entire biogeographical data set: XX data.

Dasypoda species are the biggest species among the Melittidae. Most species are longer than 15 mm while the other Dasypodaidae are less than 10 mm. Dasypoda share a few apomorphies: black body, vertex elevated, no basitibial plate, female scopae strongly developed and absence of keirotrichia (Michener 1981).
Michez et al. (2004a, b) and Michez (2005) listed 33 species and described four subgenera based on morphological cladistic analysis: Dasypoda s.str., Heterodasypoda, Microdasypoda and Megadasypoda. Diagnostic features are numerous at specific level: sculpture of outer surface of galea, punctation of clypeus, length of malar area, scopae colour, appressed setae on female pygidial plate, shape of male S6-8 and shape of male genitalia.
Dasypoda species are common in the Palaearctic region from Morocco to Japan but most species are west-palaearctic (Michez 2002, 2005, Michez et al. 2004a, b). The four subgenera diversity centres are restricted to one of the following Mediterranean peninsula: Balkan, Morocco and Spain. Cycles of repeated expansions and fragmentations of ecosystems during the Quaternary Era could explain these ranges.
Dasypoda (Dasypoda) dusmeti Quilis 1928
Dasypoda dusmeti is recorded in the western part of the Mediterranean basin (France, Morocco and Spain).
Dasypoda (Dasypoda) hirtipes (Fabricius, 1793)
Dasypoda hirtipes is the most widespread species of the genus. This species is present from England to China. In the northern part of its distribution, it occurs in Finland, Sweden and Norway.
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Dasypoda (Dasypoda) pyriformis Radoszkowski, 1887
Dasypoda pyriformis is present in the North-Eastern part of the Mediterranean basin. Most of the records are in Greece.
Dasypoda (Dasypoda) sinuata Pérez, 1896
The main distribution of Dasypoda sinuata is in northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia and Egypt). In Europe it only occurs in the Canary Islands, in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
Dasypoda (Heterodasypoda) albimana Pérez, 1905
Dasypoda albimana is recorded in Europe (Spain and France) and North Africa (Morocco and Tunisia).
Dasypoda (Heterodasypoda) morotei Quilis, 1928
Dasypoda morotei is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula.
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Dasypoda (Heterodasypoda) pyrotrichia Förster, 1855
Dasypoda pyrotrichia shows a disjunct distribution. Three subspecies are recognized in three different areas around the Mediterranean basin: Spain, Greece/Bulgaria and Anatolia. Some isolated records are known from the Pyrenees.
Dasypoda (Megadasypoda) argentata Panzer, 1809
Dasypoda argentata is present in Europe and Asia. It is the second most widespread species of the genus Dasypoda.
Dasypoda (Megadasypoda) braccata Eversmann, 1852
Dasypoda braccata is mainly present around the Black Sea. Some isolated populations are recorded in the Balkans, Italy and Hungary.
Dasypoda (Megadasypoda) frieseana Schletterer, 1890
Dasypoda frieseana shows a restricted distribution in Greece, Albania and Macedonia where the subpopulations seem to be isolated from each other.
Dasypoda (Megadasypoda) spinigera Kohl, 1905
Dasypoda spinigera is mainly present around the Black Sea (Ukraine and Turkey). Some isolated populations are recorded in Italy and Hungary.
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Dasypoda (Megadasypoda) suripes (Christ 1791)
Dasypoda suripes is recorded in eastern Europe, from Sweden to Turkey with severely fragmented subpopulations.
Dasypoda (Megadasypoda.) visnaga (Rossi, 1790)
Dasypoda visnaga is present around the Mediterranean basin, from Greece to Spain.
Dasypoda (Microdasypoda) cingulata Erichson, 1835
Dasypoda cingulata is present in the western part of the Mediterranean basin (France, Italy, Morocco, Spain). Some isolated populations are recorded in the center of France. Eastern populations are recorded in Greece and the Balkans.
Dasypoda (Microdasypoda) crassicornis Friese, 1896
Dasypoda crassicornis is recorded in the western part of the Mediterranean basin (France, Morocco and Spain). Isolated populations are present in more temperate habitats like in the center of France or in mountain areas like the Pyrenees and Atlas.
Dasypoda (Microdasypoda) iberica Warncke, 1973
Dasypoda iberica is known from a few specimens collected in Spain.


Celary, W. 2005. Melittidae of Poland (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila): Their Biodiversity and Biology. Polish Academia of Sciences, Kraków (Poland), 175 pp.
Michez D., Patiny S., Rasmont P., Timmermann K., Vereecken N. 2008. Phylogeny and host-plant evolution in Melittidae s.l. (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Apidologie (special issue), 39: 146-162.
Michez, D., M. Terzo & P. Rasmont. 2004. Révision des espèces ouest-paléarctiques du genre Dasypoda Latreille 1802 (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Melittidae). Linzer Biologische Beitrage, 36(2): 847-900.
Michez, D., M. Terzo & P. Rasmont. 2004. Phylogénie , biogéographie et choix floraux des abeillles oligolectiques du genre Dasypoda Latreille 1802 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Melittidae). Annales de la Société entomologique de France, 40(3-4): 421-435.
Warncke, K. 1973. Die westpaläarktische Arten der Bienen Familie Melittidae (Hymenoptera). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne.