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Anthophora walshii Cresson, 1869


Scientific Name: Anthophora walshii Cresson, 1869

Common Name: Walsh s Common Digger Bee


Anthophora Walshii Cresson, 1869 [♂, ♀].

     Lectotype ♂, desginated by Cresson (1916: 134). USA, Illinois, by B.D. Walsh [ANSP no. 2262].


Taxonomic Notes: 

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAN3554

Biology: Cruden et al. (1984) reported this species as one of the most common visitors of Monarda fistulosa. 

Robertson (1926), Graenicher (1935), Bouseman (1982), and Gibbs et al. (2023) indicated that this species was the host for Brachymelecta interrupta (Cresson), and in Canada the two species have been collected in the same area (Gibbs et al. 2023).

Distribution in Canada: Sheffield et al. 2014 [SK]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB].


Graenicher S (1935) Bee-fauna and vegetation of Wisconsin. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 28(2): 285-310.

Robertson C (1926) Phenology of inquiline and nest-making bees. Psyche 33: 116-120.

Sheffield CS, Frier SD, Dumesh D (2014) The bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes) of the Prairies Ecozone, with comparisons to other grasslands of Canada. In: Giberson DJ, Cárcamo HA (Eds) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume 4): Biodiversity and Systematics Part 2. 4. Biological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, 479 pp. [ISBN 978-0-9689321-7-9].

Gibbs J, Hanuschuk E, Miller R, Dubois M, Martini M, Robinson S, Nakagawa P, Sheffield CS, Onuferko T (2023) A checklist of the bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Manitoba, Canada. The Canadian Entomologist 155: E3.

Cresson ET (1869) A list of the North American species of the genus Anthophora, with descriptions of new species. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 2: 289-293.

Cruden RW, Hermanutz L, Shuttleworth J (1984) The pollination biology and breeding system of Monarda fistulosa (Labiatae). Oecologia 64: 104-110.

Bouseman JK (1982) Note on the rediscovery of Xeromelecta interrupta (Cresson) in Illinois (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 55(2): 349-350.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Monarda fistulosa var. mollis, Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia, Oenothera suffrutescens, Solanum sp.

Distribution: Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

female; lateral view
female; lateral view

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