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Anthidium banningense Cockerell, 1904


Scientific Name: Anthidium banningense Cockerell, 1904

Common Name: Banning Wool Carder Bee


Anthidium banningense Cockerell, 1904: 58 [♂].

     Holotype ♂. USA, California, Banning, 1892, by Dr. Davidson [USNM no. 58046].

Anthidium plumarium Cockerell, 1925: 356 [♂]. Synonymy by P.H. Timberlake, in Michener (1951: 1139).

     Holotype . USA, California, Plumas County, Meadow Valley, 5 June 1924, by E.C. Van Dyke [CAS no. 1736].

Anthidium longispinum Schwarz, 1927: 6 [♀]. Synonymy by Schwarz (1928: 390).

     Holotype . USA, California, San Berdardino County [USNM no. 40163].


Distribution in Canada: Buckell 1950 [BC].

Buckell (1950: 21) recorded this species from British Columbia (Kaslo, Penticton), but these were not included in the provincial list of Sheffield and Heron (2019), and have not been confirmed, but it has been recorded in the adjacent United States (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013).

Biology:  Jaycoz (1967) indicated that nests are constructed in the ground near food plants (primarily Phacelia) and sources of leaf haris for nest construction. Like the aggresive Anthidium manicatum (Linnaeus), the males are very territorial in areas surrounding the preferred host plants (Jaycox 1967).


Sheffield CS, Heron JM (2019) The bees of British Columbia (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes). Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 115: 44-85.

Cockerell TDA (1925) Anthidiine bees in the collection of the California Academy of Sciences. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Fourth Series 14(15): 345-367.

Michener CD (1951) Family Megachilidae. In: Muesebeck CF, Krombein KV, Townes HK (Eds) Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico Synoptic Catalog. 2. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Monograph, Washington. Pp. 1136-1186.

Schwarz HF (1928) Bees of the subfamily Anthidiinae, including some new species and varieties, and some new locality records. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 36: 369-418.

Cockerell TDA (1904) The bees of southern California. III. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 3: 56-60.

Schwarz HF (1927) North American bees of the genus Anthidium. American Museum Novitates 252: 1-22.

Gonzalez VH, Griswold TL (2013) Wool carder bees of the genus Anthidium in the Western Hemisphere (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae): diversity, host plant associations, phylogeny, and biogeography. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 221-425.

Buckell ER (1950) Record of bees from British Columbia: Megachilidae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 46: 21-31.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Montane Cordillera, Western Interior Basin

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