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Colletes latitarsis Robertson, 1891


Scientific Name: Colletes latitarsis Robertson, 1891

Common Name: Ground-cherry Plasterer Bee


Colletes latitarsis Robertson 1891: 60 [♀, ♂].

     Lectotype ♀ [designated by Stephen (1954: 232)]. USA, Illinois, Carlinville, 9 July- 20 Sept [no year provided], on Asclepias incarnata, Physalis virginana or Polygonium hydropiper [INHS no. 8987].


Taxonomic Notes: Neither Stephen (1954: 232) nor Webb (1980: 112) provided enough information to indicate a specific collection date or plant host for the lectotype.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAI9271

Biology: This species apparently prefers species of Physalis as floral hosts (see Swenk 1908: 19), though Stephen (1954: 232) thought that it was likely not an oligolege.

Distribution in Canada: Romankova 2003 [ON].




Robertson C (1891) Descriptions of new species of North American bees. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 18(1): 49-66.

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

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

Webb DW (1980) Primary insect types in the Illinois Natural History Survey Collection, exclusinve of the Collemboa and Thysanoptera. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin 32(2): 55-191.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground

Crop Preference: Medicago sativa
Non Crop Preference: Physalis lanceolata, Physalis virginiana, Solidago sp., Asclepias incarnata, Ceanothus americanus, Melilotus albus, Persicaria hydropiper, Symphoricarpos occidentalis

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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