Scientific Name: Andrena obscuripennis Smith, 1853

Common Name: Andrena obscuripennis


Andrena obscuripennis Smith, 1853: 118 [♀]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Georgia [BMNH no. 17a1389]


Species Notes

The ♂‚ described by Mitchell (1960). Woodcock et al. (2014) reported this species southern Ontario [George Street Field, 43.377N, 80.341W]. Based on its distribution in the adjacent United States (Mitchell 1960, Bouseman and LaBerge 1979), this record seems unlikely, occurring much further south. The specimen may likely be A. commoda Smith.



This species has been reported as a putative host of the cleptoparasite Nomada crudelis Cresson (Linsley and MacSwain 1955; Riddick 1993).



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 (3): 275 389. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25078228

Linsley EG, MacSwain JW (1955) The habits of Nomada opacella Timberlake with notes on other species (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae). Wasmann Journal of Biology 13: 253-276.

Mitchell TB (1960) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 1. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 141: 1-538.

Riddick EW (1993) Nomada annulata Smith (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae), a confirmed cleptoparasite of Andrena macra Mitchell (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae) and other Nomada-Andrena associations. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 95(1): 107-112.

Smith F (1853) Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part I. Trustees of the British Museum, London, 195 pp.

Woodcock TS, Pekkola LJ, Dawson C, Gadallah FL, Kevan PG (2014) Development of a Pollination Service Measurement (PSM) method using potted plant phytometry. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 186(8): 5041-5057. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-014-3758-x

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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