Species

Scientific Name: Atoposmia abjecta abjecta (Cresson, 1878)

Common Name: Atoposmia abjecta abjecta (Cresson, 1878)

Taxonomy

Osmia abjecta Cresson 1878

Hoplitis mesae Cockerell 1930

Anthocopa (Atoposmia) nigrior Michener 1943

 

Biology

The nesting biology was studied by Parker (1975) who indicated that it nests under flat stones, using dark masticated plant materials. It is likely that Penstemon is the main pollen source (Hurd and Michener 1955; Parker 1975). An unknown species of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Stelis (Parker 1975).

 

References

Hurd PD, Michener CD (1955) The megachiline bees of California. Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 3: 1-247.

Parker FD (1975) Nest descriptions and associates of three American bees of the genus \\\"Anthocopa\\\" Lepeletier (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 51(2): 113-122.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Cavity Renter
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Montane Cordillera