FORAGE PLANTS OF NOMIA ELLIOTII SMITH, APOLYLECTIC SOLITARY BEE (HYMENOPTERA, APOIDEA, HALICTIDAE, NOMIINAE), DISTRIBUTED ALL OVER NORTHERN INDIA
Rajiv K. Gupta1*, Meena Rao1, Poonam Tiwari1 and Sunder Lal Sharma*
1Department of Zoology, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur 342 005, India.
*Dept of Zoology, Raj Rishi Govt. College, Alwar 301001.
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Received: 01-09-2015 Accepted: 15-10-2015
This series of publication comprises the information on forage plants recorded from the fields during various expeditions conducted so far. Present study reports the 34 species of identified plants which attracted Nomia elliotii Smith, a member of family Halictidae (Nomiinae).It was collected from plains of almost complete northern India. This bee makes its nest in huge aggregation under soft soils.The female was observed occupying one of the several lengthy galleries of its individual nest aggregated with hundreds of other females. It usually collects pollen and nectar both, from flowerings of the listed plants. The data presented here would apprehend the applicable crop rotation for this speedy pollinator of several angiosperms all over northern territories of India.
Keywords: forage, Nomia elliotii, pollen, nectar