Species

Scientific Name: Coelioxys mesae Cockerell 1921

Common Name: Coelioxys mesae

Taxonomy

Coelioxys mesae Cockerell, 1921: 6 [♂]

     Holotype â™‚USA, Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park, on the Chapin mesa at about 37 degrees 12 min N., 108 degrees 29 min W., 5 July 1919, on Pentstemon coloradensis [AMNH]

Coelioxys flagrata Baker, 1972: 209 [♀] [nomen nudum]

 

Species Notes

Baker (1975: 715) described the â™€, likely based on his unpublished manuscript name (Baker 1972; Ph.D. thesis)

 

Biology

Bohart and Youssuf (1972) reported this species as a nest parasite of Megachile umatillensis, a species only recently recorded from Canada (Sheffield et al. 2014).

 

Size

♀ body length:  mm; head length:  mm; head width:  mm; forewing length:  mm

♂ body length: mm; head length:  mm; head width:  mm; forewing length:  mm

 

Approximate Global Extent of Occurrence (EOO) (http://geocat.kew.org/):  km2

Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): 4 km2

 

References

Baker JR (1972) The biology and systematics of certain Nearctic groups of Coelioxys (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Ph.D. Thesis, University of Kansas. 270 pp.

Baker JR (1975) Taxonomy of five Nearctic subgenera of Coelioxys (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). The University of Kansas Science Bulletin 50(12): 649-730.

Bohart GE, Youssuf NN (1972) Notes on the biology of Megachile (Megachiloides) umatillensis Mitchell (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) and its parasites. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London (124) 1: 1-19.

Cockerell TDA (1921) Some parasitic megachilid bees of the western United States. American Museum Novitates 21: 1-11.

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]. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.3752/9780968932179.ch11

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

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