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Andrena simplex Smith, 1853


Scientific Name: Andrena simplex Smith, 1853

Common Name: Simple Miner Bee


Andrena simplex Smith, 1853: 114 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. United States, by E. Doubleday [BMNH no. 17a1369]

Andrena solidaginis Robertson, 1891: 55 [♀, ♂]. Synonymy by LaBerge (1967: 137).

     Lectotype ♀, designated by LaBerge (1967: 140). USA, Illinois, Carlinville, 8 September to 11 October 1888, by C. Robertson, on Solidago canadensis, S. lanceolata, Boltonia asteroides, Aster and Polygonum hydropiper [INHS, Robertson No. 8665]

Andrena radmitricha Viereck and Cockerell, 1914: 51 [♀]. Synonymy by LaBerge (1967: 137).

     Holotype ♀. USA, Nebraska, Lincoln, October [no year provided] [UNSM].

Andrena (Ptilandrena) determinata Viereck, 1917: 394 [♀]. Synonymy of Andrena solidaginis Robertson, 1891 by Mitchell (1960: 151); synonymy by LaBerge (1967: 137).

     Holotype ♀. USA, Massachusetts, North Andover, 18 August 1865, by J.H. Emerton [ANSP no. 4070].


Taxonomic notes: Cockerell (1906: 8) provided a more detailed description of Andrena simplex Smith, 1853.

Body length: ♀ 10 mm


Cockerell TDA (1906) North American bees of the genera Andrena and Melitta in the British Museum.–I. Psyche 13: 5-10.

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

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Aster sp., Symphyotrichum ericoides, Solidago sp., Solidago nemoralis, Grindelia sp., Symphyotrichum lanceolatum, Solidago canadensis, Solidago rigida, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Helianthus tuberosus, Symphyotrichum oolentangiense, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, Symphyotrichum falcatum var. commutatum, Symphyotrichum lateriflorum var. lateriflorum, Symphyotrichum praealtum, Boltonia asteroides, Euthamia graminifolia, Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium, Persicaria hydropiperoides, Fallopia scandens, Solidago altissima, Solidago gigantea

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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