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Colletes aberrans Cockerell, 1897


Scientific Name: Colletes aberrans Cockerell, 1897

Common Name: Wandering Plasterer Bee


Colletes abberans Cockerell, 1897: 44 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, New Mexico, Sante Fe, 27 July 1895, by T.D.A. Cockerell, on Petalostemon candidus (Ckll. 3820) [USNM no. 18955].


Taxonomic notes: The ♂ was described by Stephen (1954: 338).

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): N/A

Biology: Swenk (1925: 5) indicated that this species was oligolectic on Petalostemon [=Dalea].

Distribution in Canada: Stephen 1954 [AB]; Hurd 1979 [AB]; Romankova 2003 [ON]; Sheffield et al. 2014 [AB]; Summers et al. 2021 [AB].

Stephen (1954: 341) indicated that this species widespread species ranged east to Michigan, and though he did not record it from eastern Canada, the records of Romankova (2003: 99) are plausable.

Body length: ♀ 11.25 mm ♂ 9 mm

Forewing length: ♀ 7.75 mm ♂ 7.25 mm


Cockerell TDA (1897) Contributions from the New Mexico biological station.—III.  The bees of the genus Colletes found in New Mexico. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 6 19(109): 39-52.

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.

Romankova T (2003) Bees of the genus Colletes of Ontario (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Colletidae). Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 134: 91-106.

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].

Stephen WP (1954) A revision of the bee genus Colletes in America north of Mexico (Hymenoptera Colletidae). University of Kansas Science Bulletin 36: 149-527.

Swenk MH (1925) Two new bees of the genus Colletes, oligotropic upon Petalostemum. American Museum Novitates 186: 1-9.

Summers M, Best L, Seal M, Vermaak S, Robinson S, Gavin M, Clarke A, Purvis E, Miksha R (2021) The Native Bee Fauna and its Floral Relations in The City of Calgary, Alberta. Urban Alliance, University of Calgary, Calgary. 36 pp.$xx2CmjOT2DrJnBA4-rOazujq_M1elMwSBb7Wlul11F9J4l3A8KOdsRbqcECp6_m8h-Sg0GvMhWywpT1lE1FUkg,,/progress?id=bj0nOcNXmHAKABLtG-NFjJnwuXX8SD4u7lhyz3CW1V8,&dl

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Melilotus sp., Dalea candida, Dalea sp., Dalea villosa

Distribution: Alberta, Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains, Prairie

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