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Agapostemon angelicus Cockerell, 1924


Scientific Name: Agapostemon angelicus Cockerell, 1924

Common Name: Angeles Striped Sweat Bee


Agapostemon angelicus Cockerell, 1924: 537 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. MEXICO: Angel de la Guarda Island, Pond Island Bay, 1 July 1921, by E.P. Van Duzee [CAS no. 150].


Taxonomic notes: The ♂ was described by Cockerell (1927: 156).

The female of this species is very difficult to separate from that of Agapostemon texanus Cresson, 1872 (Eickwort 1981; Roberts 1972, 1973) as both species having the scutum shiny with punctures of two distinct sizes. Males are more easily distinguished.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN)BOLD:AAJ1168

Biology: Eickwort (1981) described the larvae and nesting biology of this species, suggesting that the nests were possibly communal (i.e., each nest occupied by several females). In southern parts of its range this species is multivoltine (Eickwort 1981), and will build its nest in a variety of substrates.

Distribution in Canada: Sheffield et al. 2014 [SK].

Other records of this species from Canada in GBIF (see below) have not been verified - most only indicate "Agapostemon angelicus/texanus", so the latter is assumed.

Extent of Occurrence (EOO) in Canada ( N/A [known from one site in Canada]

Approximate Global Extent of Occurrence (EOO) ( 2,310,861 km2

Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada ( 4 km2

Datasets Used: (25 April 2023) GBIF Occurrence Download


Cockerell TDA (1924) Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences to the Gulf of California in 1921. The bees (II). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Series 4 12(27): 529-560.

Eickwort GC (1981) Aspects of the nesting biology of five Nearctic species of Agapostemon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 54(2): 337-351.

Roberts RB (1973a) Bees of Northwestern America: Agapostemon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Technical Bulletin of the Agricultural Experiment Station, Oregon State University 125: 1-23.

Cockerell TDA (1927) Bees of the genera Agapostemon and Augochlora in the collection of the California Academy of Sciences. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 3(4): 153-162.

Roberts RB (1972) Revision of the bee genus Agapostemon. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 49: 437-590.

Sociality: Communal, Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Polylectic
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Aster sp., Rhus sp., Melilotus officinalis, Daucus carota

Distribution: Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

female; lateral view
female; lateral view
male; lateral view
male; lateral view
Early nest structure (from Eickwort 1981).
Early nest structure (from Eickwort 1981).

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