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Andrena nubecula Smith, 1853


Scientific Name: Andrena nubecula Smith, 1853

Common Name: Cloudy-winged Miner Bee


*Andrena nubecula Smith, 1853: 117 [♀].

     Lectotype ♀, designated by Donovan (1977: 45). CANADA, Nova Scotia, Lieut. Redman [BMNH no. 17a.1364a].

Andrena nubicula Bromley, 1917: 194. Lapsus of Andrena nubecula Smith, 1853.

*Andrena nubecula race tristicornis Cockerell, 1931: 22 [♀]. Synonymy by Linsley (1951: 1074).

     Syntypes ♀. CANADA, Quebec, Lakeside, 20 August 1929, by J.W. Buckle [CAS no.15359].

Andrena nubicula Buckell, 1949: 28. Lapsus of Andrena nubecula Smith, 1853.


Taxonomic notes: The ♂ was described by Robertson (1897: 330). Lanham (1949: 212) still considered tristicornis a subspecies of A. nubecula, so Linsley (1951: 1074) is given credit for the synonymy, though it is not specifically stated as new.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAE1788

Though morphologically distinct, this species shares a BIN with Andrena canadensis Dalla Torre, 1896.

Distribution in Canada: Smith 1853 [NS, type locality]; Provancher 1888 [QC]; Robertson 1897 [QC, NS]; Gibson 1914 [ON]; Cockerell 1931 [QC]; Linsley 1951 [BC, east. Canada]; Knerer and Atwood 1964 [ON]; Krombein 1967 [BC to eastern Canada]; Donovan 1977 [BC, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS] ; Hurd 1979 [eastern CAN, west to BC]; Sheffield et al. 2003, 2009 [NS], 2014 [MB]; Normandin et al. 2017 [QC]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB]; RSKM [SK].


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

Buckell ER (1949) Record of bees from British Columbia (Andrenidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 45: 27-30.

Cockerell TDA (1931) Some notes on bees of the genus Andrena. The Canadian Entomologist 63(1): 22-23.

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.

Knerer G, Atwood CE (1964) An annotated check list of the genus Andrena in Ontario (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Ontario 95: 41-56.

Lanham UN (1949) A subgeneric classification of the new world bees of the genus Andrena. University of California Publications in Entomology 8(5): 183-238.

Normandin É, Vereecken NJ, Buddle CM, Fournier V (2017) Taxonomic and functional trait diversity of wild bees in different urban settings. PeerJ 5: e3051.

Robertson C (1897) North American bees−descriptions and synonyms. Transactions of the Academy of Sciences of St. Louis 7: 315-356.

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, Hebert PD, Kevan PG, Packer L (2009) DNA barcoding a regional bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) fauna and its potential for ecological studies. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 196-207.

Sheffield CS, Kevan PG, Smith RF, Rigby SM, Rogers RE (2003) Bee species of Nova Scotia, Canada, with new records and notes on bionomics and floral relations (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 76(2): 357-384.

Smith F (1853) Catalogue of Hymenopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. British Museum, London, 198 pp.

Bromley SW (1917) Asilids and their prey. Psyche 21: 192-198.

Gibbs J, Hanuschuk E, Miller R, Dubois M, Martini M, Robinson S, Nakagawa P, Sheffield CS, Onuferko T (2023) A checklist of the bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Manitoba, Canada. The Canadian Entomologist 155: E3.

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.

Gibson A (1914) The entomological record, 1913. Annual Report of the Entomological Society of Ontario 44: 106-129.

Krombein KV (1967a) Superfamily Apoidea. In: Krombein KV, Burks BD. Hymenoptera of America North of Mexico Synoptic Catalog (Agriculture Monograph No. 2). Second supplement . United States Government Printing Office, Washington. Pp. 422-520.

Donovan BJ (1977) A revision of North American bees of the subgenus Cnemidandrena (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). University of California Publications in Entomology 81: vi + 107.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Broad Oligolecty
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Atlantic Maritime, Boreal Shield, Mixwood Plains, Montane Cordillera, Prairie, Western Interior Basin

female; lateral view
female; lateral view

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