Scientific Name: Andrena cyanura Cockerell, 1916

Common Name: Andrena cyanura


Andrena cyanura Cockerell 1916: 252 [♀]

     Lectotype ♀ [designated Sheffield 2020]. USA, Colorado, Troublesome, 8 June 1908, by S.A. Rohwer, on Salix [California Academy of Sciences, no. 15325].

Andrena transnigra paysoni Cockerell, 1924: 349 [♀] [synonymy by Sheffield 2020: ]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Wyoming, Chimney Rock, 17 May 1924, by C.L. Corkins [USNM no. 100707].


Species Notes

The ♂‚ was described by Bouseman and LaBerge (1979) as A. transnigra Viereck (see Sheffield 2020).

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:AAC1656.





♀ body length:  mm; head length:  mm; head width:  mm; forewing length:  mm

♂‚ body length: mm; head length:  mm; head width:  mm; forewing length:  mm


Approximate Global Extent of Occurrence (EOO) (http://geocat.kew.org/): km2

Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/):  km2


Distribution in Canada

Andrena cyanura ranges further east and north than its sister species A. transnigra, occurring in western Saskatchewan, Alberta, central British Columbia, and north into the Yukon Territory (Sheffield 2020).



Bouseman JK, LaBerge WE (1979) A revision of the bees of the genus Andrena of the Western Hemisphere. Part IX. Subgenus Melandrena. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 104: 275–389. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25078228

Cockerell TDA (1916) Some Rocky Mountain andrenid bees. The Canadian Entomologist 48: 252–254. https://doi.org/10.4039/Ent48252-7

Cockerell TDA (1924) A bee collecting trip to Chimney Rock, Wyoming. Entomological News 35: 347–351.

Sheffield CS (2021) Andrena (Melandrenacyanura Cockerell, a valid North American species (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Andrenidae). Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 117: 49-59.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Taraxacum officinale, Nestotus macleanii

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon
Ecozone: Prairie

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