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Andrena birtwelli Cockerell, 1901


Scientific Name: Andrena birtwelli Cockerell, 1901

Common Name: Birtwell\\\'s Miner Bee


Andrena birtwelli Cockerell, 1901: 283 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, New Mexico, Las Vegas Range, 27 June 1901, by F.J. Birtwell [CAS no. 15312].

Andrena moesticolor Viereck and Cockerell, 1914: 31 [♂]. Synonymy by LaBerge (1980: 430).

     Holotype ♂. USA, Colorado, South Park, 23 July 1898 [USNM no. 18143].

*Andrena potentillarum Viereck, 1924a: 79 [♀]. Synonymy by LaBerge (1980: 431).

     Hototype ♀. CANADA, Alberta, Calgary, 29 July 1916, by F.W.L. Sladen, on Potentilla fruticosa [CNC no. 671].

Andrena birtwelli subatrata Cockerell, 1931: 8 [♀]. Synonymy by Linsley (1951: 1058).

     Syntypes ♀. USA, Colorado, Tennessee Pass, 10,500 ft., 6-8 August 1920, by F.E. Lutz [AMNH].


DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAR3795

Distribution in Canada: Viereck 1924 [AB, type locality]; LaBerge 1980 [AB]; Sheffield et al. 2014 [AB].


Viereck HL (1924) Prodromus of Andrena, a genus of bees. The Canadian Entomologist 56(4): 76-81.

Cockerell TDA (1901) Some insects of the Hudsonian Zone in New Mexico—VI. Psyche 9(308): 282-287.

LaBerge WE (1980) A revision of the bees of the genus Andrena of the Western Hemisphere. Part X. Subgenus Andrena. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 106(4): 395-525.

Linsley EG (1951) Superfamily Apoidea. In: Muesebeck CFW, Krombein KV, Townes HK (Eds) Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico Synoptic Catalog. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Monograph 2, 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].

Viereck HL, Cockerell TD (1914) New North American bees of the genus Andrena. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 48: 1-58.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Narrow Oligolecty
Wintering Stage: Variable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Ceanothus sp., Melilotus albus, Chrysothamnus sp., Salix sp., Potentilla sp., Ranunculus sp., Prunus americana, Drymocallis sp., Eriogonum umbellatum, Geranium sp., Dasiphora fruticosa, Drymocallis glandulosa, Potentilla pulcherrima

Distribution: Alberta
Ecozone: Prairie

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