Three new species and new records of cuckoo bees of the genus Epeolus in Turkey (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Nomadinae)

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Three new species of cuckoo bees of the genus Epeolus Latreille, 1802 are described: E. turcicus sp. nov., E. warnckei sp. nov., and E. productuloides sp. nov., all from the Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. Descriptions of E. turcicus and E. warnckei are based on both sexes whereas the description of E. productuloides is based on males only (females of this species are presently unknown). Additional records based on vouchered pinned material are reported for eight species, of which Epeolus alpinus Friese, 1893 was until now not known to occur in Turkey. Altogether, 14 species of Epeolus have been recorded from Turkey, of which E. cruciger (Panzer, 1799), E. productulus Bischoff, 1930, E. schummeli Schilling, 1849, E. transitorius Eversmann, 1852 and E. variegatus (Linnaeus, 1758) are widespread and common. Triepeolus tristis (Smith, 1854) is the only other member of the tribe Epeolini recorded from Turkey.

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