Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Diversity of bees (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) in extensive orchards in the highlands of Jordan

A. Al-Ghzawi, S. Zaitoun, S. Mazary, M. Schindler, D. Wittmann,


Bees visiting the blossoms of fruit trees were surveyed for the first time in Jordan. A transect was determined in Ebbin village in Ajlun (32° 22" N, 35° 49" E) where the bees were collected from blossoms of stone fruit trees. Most of the specimens were identified up to the species level and few specimens were identified up to the genus level only. A total of 1,461 specimens were collected during the study period and 53 bee species were identified and recorded for the first time in Jordan. The collected species represented five families: Apidae, Megachilidae, Halictidae, Andrenidae and Colletidae. The results showed that Apidae and Megachilidae were the largest in terms of diversity, while Halictidae showed the highest abundance.

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