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Colletes americanus Cresson, 1868


Scientific Name: Colletes americanus Cresson, 1868

Common Name: American Plasterer Bee


Colletes americanus Cresson, 1868: 167 [♀, ♂].

     Lectotype♀, designated by Cresson (1916: 106). USA, Illinois [ANSP no. 2145].


Taxonomic notes: Though Stephen (1954: 312) indicated the type locality of Massachusetts, the lectotype designated by Cresson (1916: 106) is from Illinois.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAE9723

Biology: Swenk (1906b: 260) indicated that this species could have two generations per year in southern parts of its range.

Distribution in Canada: Evans 1896 [ON]; Gibson and Criddle 1920 [ON, QC]; Stephen 1954 [MB, QC]; Mitchell 1960 [southern Canada]; Hurd 1979 [MB, QC]; Romankova 2003 [ON]; Sheffield et al. 2014 [MB]; Normandin et al. 2017 [QC]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB].

Despite the earlier records of this species from Canada (see above), it was not reported in Michener (1951: 1045).

Body length: ♀ 10 mm ♂ 9 mm

Forewing length: ♀ 6.25 mm ♂ 6 mm


Cresson ET (1868) Descriptions of North American Bees.—No. 1. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 12: 165-171.

Gibson A, Criddle N (1920) The entomological record. Annual Report of the Entomological Society of Ontario 1919: 112-134.

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.

Mitchell TB (1960) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 1. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 141: 1-538.

Normandin É, Vereecken NJ, Buddle CM, Fournier V (2017) Taxonomic and functional trait diversity of wild bees in different urban settings. PeerJ 5: e3051.

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 (1906b) New bees of the genus Colletes. Entomological News 17: 257-260.

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 (1916) The Cresson types of Hymenoptera. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 1: 1-141.

Evans JD (1896) List of Hymenoptera taken at Sudbury, Ont. The Canadian Entomologist 28(1): 9-13.

Michener CD (1951) Subfamily Colletinae. 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. 1043-1049.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Aster sp., Solidago sp.

Distribution: Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
Ecozone: Atlantic Maritime, Boreal Plains, Boreal Shield, Mixwood Plains, Prairie

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