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1 January 2009 Meloe dominicanus N. SP. (Coleoptera: Meloidae) Phoretic on the Bee Proplebia dominicana (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Dominican Amber
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A new species of blister beetle, Meloe (Meloe) dominicanus (Coleoptera: Meloidae), is described from a triungulin in Dominican amber. The new species is characterized by its small size (under 1 mm), large, laterally positioned eyes and antennal structure. The specimen is attached to a hair on the occiput of a worker stingless bee, Proplebia dominicana Wille and Chandler, 1964 (Hymenoptera: Apidae). This is the first official description of a meloid in any amber deposit, the first New World record of a fossil meloid triungulin and the first record of a meloid triungulin associated with a stingless bee.

George O. Poinar Jr. "Meloe dominicanus N. SP. (Coleoptera: Meloidae) Phoretic on the Bee Proplebia dominicana (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Dominican Amber," Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111(1), 145-150, (1 January 2009). https://doi.org/10.4289/0013-8797-111.1.145
Published: 1 January 2009
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