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Andrena virginiana Mitchell, 1960


Scientific Name: Andrena virginiana Mitchell, 1960

Common Name: Virginia Miner Bee


Trachandrena obscura Robertson, 1902: 189, key [♀]. Preoccupied, not Apis obscura Linnaeus, 1764 [= Andrena marginata Fabricius,1776].

     Holotype ♀. USA, Illinois, Carlinville, 16 July 1897, by C. Robertson, on Pycanthemum linifolium [INHS, Robertson no. 19897].

Andrena (Trachandrena) virginiana Mitchell, 1960: 203 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, Virginia, Bancroft, 17 June 1917, by W.L. McAtee, on Ceanothus americanus [USNM no. 66073].

Andrena obscurida Warncke 1970: 30. New named for Trachandrena obscura Robertson, 1902. Synonymy by LaBerge (1973: 274).


Taxonomic notes: The ♂ was described by LaBerge (1973: 275). 

Distribution in Canada: Criddle et al. 1924 [ON, as Andrena obscura Robertson, 1902]; Knerer and Atwood 1964 [ON]; Krombein 1967 [NB, as Andrena obscura Robertson, 1902]; LaBerge 1973 [ON, QC, PE].


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.

LaBerge WE (1973) A revision of the bees of the genus Andrena of the Western Hemisphere. Part VI. Subgenus Trachandrena. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 99(3): 235-371.

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

Robertson C (1902b) Synopsis of Andreninae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 28(2): 187-194.

Warncke K (1970) Die unter dem Gattungsnamen Apis beschriebenen Andrenae (Apoidea Hymenoptera) und Fixierung von Lectotypen weiterer von Fabricius beschriebener Andrena-Arten. Nachrichtenblatt der Bayerischen Entomologen 19: 28-32.

Criddle N, Curran CH, Viereck HL, Buckell ER (1924) The entomological record, 1923. Annual Report of the Entomological Society of Ontario 54: 87-102.

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.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
Ecozone: Atlantic Maritime, Boreal Shield, Mixwood Plains