Melitta STEP Europe

Denis Michez

Atlas of the European Bees: genus Melitta

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 Melitta . STEP Project, Atlas Hymenoptera, Mons, Gembloux.


European bees
Melitta (Cilissa) budensis (Mocsáry, 1878)
Melitta budensis is present all around the Black Sea, in the European part and the Asian part.
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Melitta (Cilissa) dimidiata Morawitz, 1876
Melitta dimidiata has a wide distribution and is recorded from England to Afghanistan.
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Melitta (Cilissa) haemorrhoidalis (Fabricius, 1775)
Melitta haemorrhoidalis is one of the most common and widespread Melittidae species. There are records in the north of Europe, in Scotland and Finland. In the south, the species is present in mountains like the Pyrenees, Alps and Balkans.
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Melitta (Cilissa) hispanica Friese, 1900
Melitta hispanica is restricted to the Spanish mountain, Sierra Nevada.
Melitta (Cilissa) iberica Warncke, 1973
Melitta iberica is endemic to Spain and it is mainly recorded in two Spanish mountains: Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Guadarrama. The species show a fragmented distribution.
Melitta (Cilissa) kastiliensis Warncke, 1973
Melitta kastiliensis is endemic to Spain and there are only three records of Melitta kastiliensis: Cartagena, Montarco and Alicante.
Melitta (Cilissa) melanura (Radoskwoski, 1891)
Melitta melanura has a very widespread and fragmented population from Siberia to Germany.
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Melitta (Cilissa) murciana Warncke, 1973
Melitta murciana is endemic to Spain. Populations are recorded along the Mediterranean coast.
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Melitta (Cilissa) seitzi Alfken, 1927
Melitta seitzi is endemic to Spain. Populations are recorded north of Madrid.
Melitta (Cilissa) tomentosa Friese, 1900
Melitta tomentosa shows a very narrow distribution. It is mainly recorded from the region of Istria, close to borders of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia.
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Melitta (Cilissa) udmurtica Sitdikov, 1986
Melitta udmurtica is only present in Poland and Russia. This species is only known from four isolated populations.
Melitta (Melitta) aegyptiaca (Radoszkowski, 1876)
Melitta aegyptiaca is mainly distributed in northern Africa (Morocco and Egypt). In Europe the species occurs in the Canary Islands, in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
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Melitta (Melitta) leporina (Panzer, 1799)
Melitta leporina is the most widespread species of the genus. It occurs from England to Vladivostok and from Finland to Spain.
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Melitta (Melitta) maura (Pérez, 1896)
Melitta maura is mainly a nothern African species (populations are recorded from Israel to Morocco). In Europe the species only occurs in Spain.
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Melitta (Melitta) nigricans Alfken, 1905
Melitta nigricans is a common species distributed all around Europe but its Northern limit is quite low. This species is not recorded in Fenno-Scandinavia.
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Melitta (Melitta) schmiedeknechti Friese, 1898
Melitta schmiedeknechti is present in all north African countries and in Israel. In Europe it only occurs in the Canary Island of Fuerteventura.
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Melitta (Melitta) tricincta Kirby, 1802
Melitta tricincta is widespread in Europe, from United Kingdom to Kazakhstan, and from Sweden to southern Italy.
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