THE CHARIZARD BEE: RESEARCHER NAME ANDEAN INSECT AFTER THE FAMOUS POKEMON
Today we have 8 new bee species for Science in the genus Chilicola but one is special; meet Chilicola (Heteroediscelis) charizard , named for its resemblance to this draconic, bipedal Pokémon.
With black-brown body and yellow details, inhabits intermediate deserts, also is found in the central cordillera in Central Chile; this bee lives in highlands, from 600 to 2350 m above sea level. It was found on the andean herb ‘chicken tongue’ (Pleurophora pungens).
Chilicola is a diverse group of stem-nesting bees and comprises 98 species in 15 subgenres. The subgenus Heteroediscelis has 10 species, all endemic to Chile; they live in a wide range of habitats from the hyper-arid Atacama Desert in the north to the temperate forest in southern Chile, from the coastline to elevations above 3200 meters. The description
has been published in the Open Access journal Zookeys.