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Anthidium palliventre Cresson, 1878


Scientific Name: Anthidium palliventre Cresson, 1878

Common Name: Anthidium palliventre


 Anthidium palliventre Cresson, 1878: 114 [♀].

     Lectotype , designated by Cresson (1916: 127). USA, California, by H. Edwards [ANSP no. 2387].

Anthidium pallidiventre Dalla Torre, 1896: 468. Unnecessary emendation.

Anthidium californicum Cresson, 1879: 206 [♂]. Synonymy by Cockerell (1925: 355), by Schwarz (1927: 10; 1928: 373), by Michener (1951: 1141).

     Lectotype , desginated by Cresson (1916: 114). USA, California, by H. Edwards [ANSP no. 2390].

Anthidium palliventre vanduzeei Cockerell, 1937: 150 [♀, ♂]. Synonymy by Grigarick and Stange (1968: 28).

     Holotype . USA, California, San Miguel Island, Cuyler’s Cove, 30 July 1937, by T.D.A. Cockerell [CAS no. 4652].


Taxonomic Notes: Cresson (1878: 114) did not indicate how many female specimens made up the type series; Grigarick and Stange (1968: 28) assumed one, so called it a holotype, but to avoid the chance that there is more than one specimen, the specimen at ANSP indicated above was considered a lectotype by Gonzalez and Griswold (2013: 333).

Biology: The nesting biology was studied by Hicks (1928) who indicated that this species digs its own nest in the sand, which is unlike other studies species in the genus, which use pre-existing cavities (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013). Gonzalez and Griswold (2013) suggested that this species’ distribution may be restricted to sand dune habitats. The female is uses the long, distinct fringe of hairs on the front basitarsus for digging (Hicks 1928; Gonzalez and Griswold 2013), a morphological feature not reported for other species (Gonzalez and Griswold 2013).

Villalobos and Shelly (1991) indicated that males are territorial at host plants preferred by females, without courtship. Males attempted mating with females on flowers of host plants, when females were on the ground, or when collecting plant hairs for nesting (Villalobos and Shelly 1991), with mating lasting for less than 30 seconds.

Distribution in Canada: Buckell 1950 [BC]; Michener 1951d [BC]; Grigarick and Stange 1968 [BC]; Hurd 1979 [BC]; Armbruster and Gunn 1989 [AK]; Scudder 1992, 1994 [BC]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC].

The specimens from AK need to be checked again.


Cresson ET (1879) Descriptions of new North American Hymenoptera in the collection of the American Entomological Society. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 7: 201-214.

Armbruster WS, Guinn DA (1989) The solitary bee fauna (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of interior and arctic Alaska: flower associations, habitat use, and phenology. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 62(4): 468-483.

Cockerell TDA (1937) Bees from San Miguel Island, California. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 13(4): 148-157.

Dalla Torre CG (1896) Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Volume X: Apidae (Anthophila). Engelmann, Leipzig, 644 pp.

Hurd PD (1979) Superfamily Apoidea. In: Krombein KV, Hurd Jr PD, Smith DR, Burks BD (Eds) Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, 2735 pp.

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.

Grigarick AA, Stange LA (1968) The pollen-collecting bees of the Anthidiini of California (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 9: 1-113.

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.

Cresson ET (1878) Descriptions of new North American Hymenoptera in the collection of the American Entomological Society. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 7: 61–136.

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.

Hicks CH (1928) Notes on Anthidium palliventre Cresson. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 5(2): 51–52.

Villalobos EM, Shelly TE (1991) Correlates of male mating success in two species of Anthidium bees (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 29(1): 47–53.

Schwarz HF (1927) Additional North American bees of the genus Anthidium. American Museum Novitates 253: 1-17.

Scudder GGE (1992) Threatened and endangered invertebrates of the South Okanagan. Pp 47-57 in Rautio S (ed) Community Action for Endangered Species. Symposium proceedings, Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society and Federation of B.C. Naturalists, Vancouver, B.C. ISBN 0969163320

Scudder GGE (1994) An annotated systematic list of the potentially rare and endangered freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates in British Columbia. Occasional Papers of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 2: 1-92.

Sociality: Solitary

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Montane Cordillera

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