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Colletes howardi Swenk, 1925


Scientific Name: Colletes howardi Swenk, 1925

Common Name: Howard s Plasterer Bee


Colletes howardi Swenk, 1925: 5 [♀, ♂].

     Holotype ♀. USA, North Carolina, Moore Co., Southern Pines, 8 September 1909, by A.H. Manee, on Petalostemum [Petalostemon] corymbosum [UNSM].


Taxonomic Notes: A single specimen from Ontario is in BOLD (no sequence available) and was identified by L. Packer. Swenk (1925: 9) and Stephen (1954: 347) record this species only from North Carolina.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): N/A

Biology: Swenk (1925: 5) indicated that this species was oligolectic on Petalostemon [=Dalea]. Mitchell (1962: 447) described Epeolus howardi Mitchell, also from North Carolina, and indicated that C. howardi Swenk was the possible host (Mitchell 1962: 448); Onuferko (2018) recorded the cuckoo from the mid-Atlantic states to Texas.

Distribution in Canada: Not confirmed, possibly ON.


Mitchell TB (1962) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 2. North Carolina Agricultural Experimental Station Technical Bulletin 152, Raleigh, 557 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 (1925) Two new bees of the genus Colletes, oligotropic upon Petalostemum. American Museum Novitates 186: 1-9.

Onuferko TM (2018) A revision of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Epeolus Latreille for Nearctic species, north of Mexico (Hymenoptera, Apidae). ZooKeys 755: 1-185.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Dalea sp.

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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