In 2021, members of FLOWer Lab sampled for 1 full year in Vale de Prazeres (Fundão) – in and around Quinta da Porta – under the CULTIVAR project and the result was the doubling of the known bee species for the Beira Interior region! It is now the 4th region with the most known species (up from 10th out of 11).
It includes 131 new species in the region, 1 new species for science (described in another work – Andrena lusitania) and 1 new species for Portugal – Macropis fulvipes.
Clear example of the potential for new discoveries in our territory. Data from 2022 sampling season on 33 new locations (between Castelo Branco and Sabugal) still in preparation.
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