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Andrena porterae Cockerell, 1900


Scientific Name: Andrena porterae Cockerell, 1900

Common Name: Porter s mining bee


Andrena porterae Cockerell, 1900: 401 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, New Mexico, Las Vegas Hot Springs, 1899 [spring of], by W. Porter, on Salix [USNM no. 23078].

Andrena leptanthi Viereck and Cockerell, 1904, in Cockerell, 1904c: 27 [♂]. Synonymy by Cockerell (1907: 246).

     Holotype ♂. USA, Colorado, Manitou, 6630 feet, 28 April 1904, by T.D.A. Cockerell and W.P. Cockerell, on Ribes leptanthum [USNM no. 42120].

*Andrena neurona Viereck, 1904, in Viereck et al., 1904: 191, 222 [♀]. Synonymy by ?].

     Holotype ♀. USA, Washington, Seattle, 17 April 1896, by T. Kincaid [ANSP no. 10294].


Taxonomic notes: Cockerell (1907: 246) synonymized Andrena leptanthi Viereck and Cockerell, 1904 as the ♂ of Andrea porterae Cockerell, 1900, commenting on their dimorphic appearance; Linsley (1937) provided a details account of the effect of stylopization on ♀ A. porterae, the specimen which showed reversal of sexual charateristics to a point that it confirmed the synonymy of A. leptanthi. LaBerge (1985: 474) incorrectly indicated that only W.P. Cockerell (as W.P. Porter) collected the holotype of A. leptanthi, and incorrectly recorded the catalogue number as no. 4220.

Cockerell (1914a: 9) indicated that though H.L. Viereck believed that A. neurona was identical to A. berberbidis, there were distinct differences between them. 

Distribution in Canada: Viereck 1904d [BC, as Andrena neurona Viereck, 1904, paratype locality]; Criddle et al. 1924 [BC, as Andrena neurona Viereck, 1904]; Criddle 1925 [BC, as Andrena neurona Viereck, 1904]; Linsley 1951 [BC, as Andrena neurona Viereck, 1904]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC].



Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Narrow Oligolecty
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Salix sp., Prunus virginiana var. demissa, Ribes sp., Ribes aureum, Ribes cereum, Ribes viscosissimum

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin

female; lateral view
female; lateral view
male; lateral view
male; lateral view

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