Phurpa Dorji

Phurpa Dorji
Royal Society for Protection of Nature · Program Development Department

Master of Science
Documentation of bees and wasps through field survey, on station taxonomic works and imparting entomological skills.

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Introduction
Nature lover, enthusiast and conservationist, pursuing the inventory of invertebrates of Bhutan, specifically the pollinators and in near future, wishes to venture into insect ecology and conservation.

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The hypnorum-complex of bumblebees (in the genus Bombus Latreille, 1802) has been interpreted as consisting of a single widespread Old-World species, Bombus hypnorum (Linnaeus, 1758) s. lat., and its closely similar sister species in the New World, B. perplexus Cresson, 1863. We examined barcodes for evidence of species’ gene coalescents within thi...
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The rapid biodiversity assessment approach is a methodology to collect biological information to inform conservation decision-making (Alonso et al. 2011). This method is particularly designed to rapidly assess the biodiversity of highly diverse areas, identify the threats, and prioritize areas for the conservation of this biodiversity. The approach...
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This checklist covers each of the 73 social and solitary wasps of the family Vespidae currently known from Bhutan. Of these, 11 species in the subfamily Eumeninae, five species in Polistinae and one species in Vespinae are reported as new records for the country.
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Through the study of 11 specimens, Ctenoplectra cornuta Gribodo, 1891 is described from Bhutan for the first time. This is also the first report from the South Asian region. C. cornuta is collected from Thladiantha cordifolia and were seen pollinating from the month of June-November. Some of the specimens were collected from the orchid species, Den...
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Forest is the most dominant land use type in Bhutan making up to 71% of the 38,394 km2 territory (FRMD 2017). In general, the country can be divided into different vegetation zones; tropical, subtropical, warm-temperate, cool-temperate, subarctic (cold temperate, subalpine), and arctic (alpine) zone, (Wangda and Ohsawa 2006). Each of the vegetation...
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A new species of Eumerus , Eumerus druk Smit sp. nov. , is described from Bhutan. This species belongs to the bactrianus subgroup of the strigatus species group. Seven species are currently known within this subgroup: four European, one of which is also found in the Near East, and three more only known from Tajikistan. The new species extends this...
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The kingdom of Bhutan is a small, landlocked country in the eastern part of the Himalayas. It is bordered by Tibet in the north, the Indian states of Sikkim in the west, Arunachal Pradesh in the east and by Assam and West Bengal in the south. The landscape ranges from lush subtropical planes in the south to the subalpine Himalayan mountains in the...
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The knowledge on subfamily Eumeninae is still in its infancy in Bhutan. Eumenid species of Bhutan is increased to 22 with the report of 11 more species and an additional subspecies in this paper. The species Antepipona bhutanensis, endemic to Bhutan, is reported here after 42 years of its original description, through two male specimens from Paro a...
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This field guide is not a scientific publication rather an introduction to the fascinating world of bees and wasps. It covers seven families and sub-families of bees and wasps viz. Sphecidae, Scoliidae, Vespidae (Vespinae, Polistinae and Eumeninae) and Apidae (Apinae and Xylocopinae) along with the description of the identifying features, distribut...
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The field survey of 2014-2016 revealed two species of rare ectoparasitoid wasp from the genus Leucospis, LeucospishistrioMaindron, 1878 and L. Japonica Walker 1871 in Bhutan for the first time. This group of wasp survive as an ectoparasite on solitary bees and wasps through special mimicking colours and sucking out the body juices of host larva the...
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Two species of the subfamily Stenogastrinae, Parischnogaster mellyi (de Saussure, 1852) and (Bingham, 1897), are reported from the subtropical region of Bhutan for the first time. Distribution supported with GPS positions and main identification characters supported with micrographs have been given for the observed species. Notes on the nest struct...
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A total of eight species and subspecies of the genus Vespa, namely V. velutina nigrithorax du Buysson, 1905, V. basalis Smith, 1852, V. affinis affinis (Linnaeus, 1764), V. affinis indosinensis Pérez, 1910, V. mandarinia magnifica Smith, 1852, V. tropica leefmansi van der Vecht, 1957, V. bicolor Fabricius, 1787, V. analis nigrans du Buysson 1903 al...
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The social vespid wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Vespinae and Polistinae) was studied in Bhutan during 2014-2016. A total of fifteen species were collected and identified that all of them are reported as new records from Bhutan: Vespa vivax Smith, V. velutina variana van der Vecht, V. fumida van der Vecht, Dolichovespula lama (du Buysson), Vespula f...
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An overview is given of literature containing distribution records of dragonflies and damselflies in Bhutan. Based on this an annotated checklist is presented which contains 92 species. Camacinia gigantea (Brauer, 1867) and Libellago lineata (Burmeister, 1839) are listed as new to Bhutan.
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A total of eight species and subspecies of the genus Vespa, namely V. velutina nigrithorax du Buysson, 1905, V. basalis Smith, 1852, V. affinis affinis (Linnaeus, 1764), V. affinis indosinensis Pérez, 1910, V. mandarinia magnifica Smith, 1852, V. tropica leefmansi van der Vecht, 1957, V. bicolor Fabricius, 1787, V. analis nigrans du Buysson, 1903 a...
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Eighteen species of scoliid wasps from Bhutan (Scoliidae: Scoliinae) are documented here of which 17 species, namely, Megacampsomeris cochinensis (Betrem), M. shillongensis (Betrem), Campsomeriella (Annulimeris) annulata annulata (Fabricius), C. (Campsomeriella) collaris collaris (Fabricius), Phalerimeris phalerata phalerata (de Saussure), Megascol...
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A total of seven species from five genera, Delta de Saussure, 1855, Eumenes Latreille, 1802, Pareumenes (de Saussure, 1855), Labus de Saussure, 1867, and Zethus Fabricius, 1804, belonging to the subfamily Eumeninae of the family Vespidae are documented. Pareumenes quadrispinosus acutus Liu, 1941, Delta esuriens (Fabricius, 1787), D. conoideum (Gmel...
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A total of seven species under the genus Xylocopa, Xylocopa (Platynopoda) latipes (Drury), Xylocopa (Platynopoda) magnifica (Cockerell), Xylocopa (Cyaneoderes) acutipennis Smith, Xylocopa (Ctenopoda) fenestrata (Fabricius), Xylocopa (Nyctomelitta) tranquebarica (Fabricius), Xylocopa (Orbitella) aestauns Lepeletier and Xylocopa (Zonohirsuta) colla...
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Two each of giant, cavity nesting and dwarf honey bee species are reported from Bhutan with the keys to the identification. Apis mellifera was imported from India in 1986 for apiculture. The distribution of species within Bhutan is provided.
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Cicadas in Bhutan were studied intermittently by Distant in 1912 and Hayashi in 1978, and reported fourteen species. Since then no studies were done on Cicadas of Bhutan. This paper reports five new records, Hueschys sanguinea (de Geer, 1773), Polyneura ducalis Westwood, Tanna thalia (Walker, 1850), Haphsa sulaiyai (Boulard, 2005) and Talainga bing...
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A total of nine Polistinae species are documented of which eight are new records for Bhutan.
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The increase in world population has increased the demand for the energy, as a result of which the world petroleum reserves get depleted. Beside the environmental concerns, the prices of fuel have also increased. Bhutan, having no source of fuel, depends fully on the imported fuel which further deflates the economy. As an alternative fuel source, t...
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Communities inhabiting fragile mountain ecosystems of high Himalayas are constantly exposed to threats of growing environmental change. The ecosystem services assessment can determine the locations of ecosystem production sites and also quantify the ecosystem services and goods. Such assessment can estimate changes in service provision over time an...

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