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Andrena excellens Viereck, 1924


Scientific Name: Andrena excellens Viereck, 1924

Common Name: Excellent Miner Bee


*Andrena (Andrena) excellens Viereck, 1924: 76 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. CANADA, British Columbia, Vancouver, 1 May 1921, by F.W.L. Sladen [CNC no. 663].


Taxonomic notes: The ♂ is unknown.

Viereck (1924: 76) suggested affinity to Andrena harveyi Viereck, 1904 [= Andrena rufosignata Cockerell, 1902].

Though Viereck (1924: 77) indicated a collection moth of May, the label on the holotype indictes April (i.e., 1:IV:21) (and see Sarazin 1986: 289).

Distribution in Canada: Viereck 1924 [BC, type locality]; Linsley 1951 [BC]; Hurd 1979 [BC]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC].


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

Hurd PD (1979) Superfamily Apoidea. In: Krombein KV, Hurd Jr PD, Smith DR, Burks BD (Eds) Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, 2735 pp.

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

Linsley EG (1951) Subfamily Andreninae. In: Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico Synoptic Catalog. Edited by CFW Muesebeck, KV Krombein, and HK Townes. USDA Agricultural Monograph No. 2, Washington, D.C. pp 1052–1086.

Sarazin MJ (1986) Primary types of Aculeata (Hymenoptera) in the Canadian National Collection. The Canadian Entomologist 118(4): 287-318.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Pacific Maritime

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