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Colletes compactus hesperius Swenk, 1906


Scientific Name: Colletes compactus hesperius Swenk, 1906

Common Name: Compact Plasterer Bee


Colletes hesperius Swenk 1906b: 257 [♀, ♂]. Synonymy by Swenk (1908: 28), as a subspecies of C. compactus Cresson, 1868.

     Syntypes ♀, ♂. USA, Washington, Whitman Co., Almota, C.V. Piper [UNSM].


Taxonomic notes: Muma (1952: 18) indicated that the cotypes were at UNSM, but also indicated (Muma 1952: 25) that that collection contained a ♀ metatype (i.e., a topotype identified by the species author), though this specimen is not a primary type.

Distribution in Canada: Gibson and Criddle 1920 [BC]; Michener 1951 [BC]; Stephen 1954 [BC]; Hurd 1979 [BC].



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.

Michener CD (1951) Superfamily Apoidea. 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, 1420 pp.

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.

Swenk MH (1908) Specific characters in the bee genus Colletes. Papers from the University Studies Series, The University of Nebraska 8: 1-60.

Sheffield CS, Heron JM (2019) The bees of British Columbia (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes). Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 115: 44-85.

Muma MH (1952) Insect types in the collections of the University of Nebraska State Museum. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 3(8): 1-35.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Polylectic
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin

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