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Colletes slevini Cockerell, 1925


Scientific Name: Colletes slevini Cockerell, 1925

Common Name: Slevin s Plasterer Bee


Colletes slevini Cockerell, 1925: 185 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, California, Monterey Co., Paraiso Springs, 24 September 1922, by L.S. Slevin [CAS no. 1648].

Colletes eriogoni Cockerell, 1939: 188 [♂, ♀]. Synonymy by Timberlake (1951: 208).

     Holotype ♂‚. USA, California, San Bernardino Mountains, 7000 ft, on trail to Dobbs cabin, 2 August 1936, by P.H. Timberlake, on Erigonum fasciculatum [CAS no. 14887].


Distribution in Canada: Hurd 1979 [BC]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC, based on Hurd 1979].

Stephen (1954: 265) recorded this species from adjacent Washington State, but not Canada. No verified records from Canada are known.


Cockerell TDA (1925) Bees in the collection of the California Academy of Sciences. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4)14: 185-215.

Cockerell TDA (1939) A new Colletes (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) found on Santa Catalina Island. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 15: 188-189.

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.

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.

Timberlake PH (1951) Western bees of the genus Colletes (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Wasmann Journal of Biology 9: 181-238.

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

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Melilotus sp., Aster sp., Chrysothamnus sp., Eriogonum sp., Amorpha fruticosa, Cirsium sp., Euphorbia sp., Rhamnus sp.

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin