First record of Genus Bombus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Bombini) in Naran Kaghan valley of Pakistan and their floral host range

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First record of Genus Bombus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Bombini) in Naran Kaghan valley of Pakistan and their floral host range

Umer Ayyaz Aslam Sheikh, Munir Ahmad, Muhammad Asif Aziz, Muhammad Naeem, Imran Bodlah, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Nasir
J. Bio. Env. Sci.7( 1), 215-223, July 2015.
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Five species of the Genus Bombus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Bombini) have been reported from the Naran Kaghan valley, KPK province of Pakistan. All of these species has been reported for the first time from this geographical area with their locality records supported by their identification characters and world distribution. Bombus haemorrhoidalis was restricted to altitude less than 6000 feet whereas other four were observed above that range. Host plants of all these species were also reported for the first time from this area. Floral host plants belonged to ten different plant families and comprised of twenty four floral plants. Such ecological information is important to get their possible utilization in further biological experimentation, commercial pollination services and environmental conservation.


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