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Colletes fulgidus fulgidus Swenk, 1904


Scientific Name: Colletes fulgidus fulgidus Swenk, 1904

Common Name: Mountain Plasterer Bee


Colletes fulgidus Swenk, 1904b: 95 [♀, ♂].

     Co-types ♀, ♂. USA, Wyoming, Big Horn Mountains, L. Bruner [UNSM].


Taxonomic notes: Swenk’s original account of type material (Swenk, 1904, in Viereck et al. 1904: 96) included mention of the co-types (“type”) (♀, ♂), in addition to paratypes (“co-types”) from Corvallis, Oregon (2 ♀s), Market Lake (1 ♀) and St. Anthony (1 ♀), Idaho, and Colorado (2 ♀s). Muma (1952: 18) indicated that ♂ and ♀ types of Colletes fulgidus Swenk, 1904 were at UNSM, but also indicated (Muma 1952: 25) that that collection contained metatype ♀s (i.e., a topotype identified by the species author), though these specimens are not a primary types.

Stephen (1954: 248) mentioned the holotype of C. fulgidus, but he did not indicate the sex, and because it is unclear which specimen Swenk (1904) intended as the holotype (the female is described first, but a female and a male are listed as the type), Stephen’s (1954) mention cannot count as a lectotype designation.

Distribution in Canada: Gibson and Criddle 1920 [BC]; Michener 1951 [BC]; Stephen 1954 [BC, AB]; Hurd 1979 [BC, AB]; Sheffield et al. 2014 [AB]; RSKM [SK].

Only the subspecies C. fulgidus fulgidus has been recorded from Canada.


Viereck HL, Cockerell TDA, Titus ESG, Crawford JC, Swenk MH (1904) Synopsis of bees of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Vancouver. The Canadian Entomologist 36(4): 93-100.

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.

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.

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.

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: Adult

Crop Preference: Medicago sativa
Non Crop Preference: Solidago sp., Melilotus albus, Chaenactis sp., Clarkia sp., Eriogonum sp., Grindelia sp., Salix sp.

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Montane Cordillera, Pacific Maritime, Prairie, Western Interior Basin

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