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Agapostemon obliquus (Provancher, 1888)


Scientific Name: Agapostemon obliquus (Provancher, 1888)

Common Name: Oblique Striped Sweat Bee


Augochlora obliqua Provancher, 1888: 318 [♀].

     Lectotype ♀ [designated by Sheffield and Perron 2014: 130]. CANADA,  British Columbia, Vancouver [ULQC no. 1477].

Agapostemon Cockerelli Crawford, 1901: 161 [♀]. Synonymy by Janjic and Packer (2003: 104).

     Holotype ♀. USA, New Mexico, Mesilla Park, 30 April 1900, by T.D.A. Cockerell, on Fallugia paradoxa acuminata [USNM no. 18957].


Taxonomic Notes: Though Provancher (1888: 318) indicated that the type locality was Vancouver, it seems unlikley due to the known distribution of this species. Several of the species described by Provancher were not labelled with collection information, and he received material from California (Los Angeles area) which could have been incorrectly assocaited with the specimens in this case. More work is required to verify its presence in Canada, including specimens recorded from Alberta.


DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAB0974 [shared with A. femoratus Crawford and A. sericeus (Forster)]


Distribution in Canada: Provancher 1888 [BC, though he did consider it "extra limina"]; Michener 1951 [BC]; Sheffield et al. [AB, likely misidentification on Discover Life]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC].

This species likely does not occur in Canada.


Provancher L (1888) Additions et Corrections au Volume II de la Faune Entomologique du Canada Traitant des Hyménoptères. Quebec, Darveau.

Crawford JC (1901) North American bees of the genus Agapostemon Guerin. Publications of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 7: 156-165.

Janjic J, Packer L (2003) Phylogeny of the bee genus Agapostemon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Systematic Entomology 28(1): 101-124.

Michener CD (1951) Superfamily Apoidea. In: Muesebeck CF, Krombein KV, Townes HK (Eds) Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico Synoptic Catalog. 2. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Monograph, Washington, 1420 pp.

Sheffield CS, Frier SD, Dumesh D (2014) The bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes) of the Prairies Ecozone, with comparisons to other grasslands of Canada. In: Giberson DJ, Cárcamo HA (Eds) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume 4): Biodiversity and Systematics Part 2. 4. Biological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, 479 pp. [ISBN 978-0-9689321-7-9].

Sheffield CS, Heron JM (2019) The bees of British Columbia (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes). Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 115: 44-85.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia
Ecozone: Pacific Maritime, Prairie

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