Atlas of the European Bees: genus Ancyla

author(s) : P. Rasmont & M. Dehon
Pierre Rasmont & Manu Dehon
Atlas of the European Bees: genus Ancyla

First on line 5.IX.2014

This first version includes all available data on this very rare genus. The main source is Warncke (1979). This authors considered Tarsalia as a subgenus of Ancyla. Baker (1998) and Michener (2007) advocated the separation of these taxa with a genus level. Michener (2007) also removed the genus Tetraloniella (=Glazunovia) from Ancylaini to move it in Eucerini. We follow here the Michener's classification.

Many thanks to Jakub Straka and Sam Droege for their data and for their rare and unique pictures.

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)

Pierre Rasmont & M. Dehon

Rasmont P. & Dehon M. 2014. Atlas of the European Bees: genus Ancyla. 1st Edition. STEP Project, Atlas Hymenoptera, Mons, Gembloux.

Other Ancylaini:
Ancyla (present page)


European bees
Ancyla spp.
This map summarizes the data already used. It includes 144 data for 10 species.

Main contributions to the maps:
BDFGM (Belgium, P. Rasmont, E. Haubruge) & Jakub Straka (Czech Republic).

Litterature data: That includes mainly Wancke (1979).

P. Rasmont
Ancyla anatolica Warncke, 1979
=Ancyla holtzi ssp. anatolica Warncke, 1979
=Ancyla anatolica Straka & Rozen, 2012

This taxon has been separated from Ancyla holtzi by Straka & Rozen (2012) for the first time.
J. Straka (com pers.) made this justification: " they are so different in morphology (especially males) and living together at the same area (holtzi nests in sandy places, but anatolica in dense soil) that we [Straka & Rozen 2012] decided write about it in the paper as different full species".

Straka & Rozen (2012) also described the larvae anatomy and the nest structure.

They also seen the species foraging on Eryngium sp.

P. Rasmont
Ancyla asiatica Friese, 1922
This rare species is poorly known. However Straka & Rozen (2012) recently described its nesting behaviour in Adana region (Turkey). It foraged there Daucus carota.

Thanks to Jakub Straka and Sam Droege for these unique pictures of this rare species.

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Ancyla brevis Dours, 1873
= Ancyla punica Friese,1922
Ancyla cretensis Friese, 1902
Ancyla holtzi Friese, 1902
= Ancyla holtzi holtzi, sensu Warncke, 1979

Warncke (1979) gives Cichorium sp. as foraging plant in Bulgaria.
Ancyla nigricornis Friese, 1902
= Ancyla nitida nigricornis Friese, 1902
Ancyla nitida Friese, 1922
Ancyla oraniensis Lepeletier, 1841
Ancyla orientalica Warncke, 1979
Ancyla stolli Friese, 1922


Friese H. 1902. Neue Bienen-Arten aus Griechenland. (Hym.). Zeitschrift für Hymenopterologie und Dipterologie, 2: 105-108.
Friese H. 1922. Neue Arten des Anthophorinae (Hym.). Konowia, 22: 59-66.
Michener C.D. 2007. The Bees of the World. Second edition. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 953 p.
Straka J. & Rozen J.G. 2012. First Observations on Nesting and Immatures of the Bee Genus Ancyla (Apoidea: Apidae: Apinae: Ancylaini). American Museum Novitates, 3749: 1-24.
Warncke K. 1979. Beitrag zur Bienenfauna des Iran. 10. Die Gattung Ancyla Lep., mit einer Revision der Bienengattung Ancyla Lep. Boll. Mus. Civ. Venezia, 30: 183-195.