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Andrena lapponica Zetterstedt, 1838


Scientific Name: Andrena lapponica Zetterstedt, 1838

Common Name: Bilberry Miner Bee


Andrena Lapponica Zetterstedt, 1838: 460 [♂, ♀].

     Syntypes ♂, ♀. SWEDEN [MZLU]. 

Andrena Lapponica var. Alpina Zetterstedt, 1838: 461 [♀].

     Type . SWEDEN [MZLU].

Andrena (Andrena) shirozui Hirashima, 1962: 143 [♀]. Synonymy by Tadauchi et al. (1987: 42), as subspecies of A. lapponica Zetterstedt; synonymy by Gusenleitner and Schwarz (2002: 414).

     Holotype ♀. JAPAN, Nukabira, Tokachi, Hokkaido, 4-5 July 1957, by R. Ishikawa [Kyushu Unversity Entomology Collection]. 

Andrena (Andrena) lapponica sumizome Tadauchi, Hirashima, and Matsumura, 1987: 44 [♀]. Synonymy by Gusenleitner and Schwarz (2002: 414).

     Holotype ♀. JAPAN, Gonoike, Mt. Ontake, 23 June 1976, by K. Yamauchi  [Kyushu Unversity Entomology Collection]. 


Taxonomic Notes: Tadauchi et al. (1987) recognized A. shirozui as a subspecies of A. lapponica, and in the same work described another subspecies, both from Japan. Gusenleitner and Schwarz (2002) placed both Japanese subspecies into synonymy with A. lapponica.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAE5140

Distribution in Canada: RSKM [YT]; BOLD [AK, YT, NT].

Though previously considered restricted to Old World, this species was recently confirmed in North America (Yukon, Northwest Territories), supporting the synonymies of Gusenleitner and Schwarz (2002) and suggesting that this is a Holarctic species. The main cleptoparasite, Nomada panzeri Lepeletier, was also recently found in these areas of Canada. 


Zetterstedt JW (1838) Insecta Lapponica. L. Voss, Leipzig, 1140 pp.

Gusenleitner F, Schwarz M (2002) Weltweite Checkliste der Bienengattung Andrena mit Bemerkungen und Ergänzungen zu paläarktischen Arten (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Andreninae, Andrena). Entomofauna, Supplement 10. 1280 pp.

Hirashima Y (1962) Systematic and biological studies of the family Andrenidae of Japan (Hymenoptera, Apoidea). Part 2. Systematics 1. Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University 12: 117-154.

Tadauchi O, Hirashima Y, Matsumura T (1987) Synopsis of Andrena (Andrena) of Japan (Hymenoptera, Andrenidae). Part II. Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University 31(1/2): 37-54.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Alaska, Northwest Territories, Yukon
Ecozone: Arctic

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