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Colletes susannae Swenk, 1925


Scientific Name: Colletes susannae Swenk, 1925

Common Name: Susan's Plasterer Bee


Colletes susannae Swenk, 1925: 1 [♀, ♂].

     Holotype♀. USA, Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, 26 July 1904, by M.H. Swenk, on Petalostemum purpureum [UNSM].


Biology: Swenk (1925: 5) indicated that this species was oligolectic on Petalostemum.

Distribution in Canada: Stephen 1954 [AB, MB]; Mitchell 1960 [AB to MB]; Hurd 1979 [AB]; Sheffield et al. 2014 [AB, MB]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB].


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.

Mitchell TB (1960) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 1. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 141: 1-538.

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.

Swenk MH (1925) Two new bees of the genus Colletes, oligotropic upon Petalostemum. American Museum Novitates 186: 1-9.

Gibbs J, Hanuschuk E, Miller R, Dubois M, Martini M, Robinson S, Nakagawa P, Sheffield CS, Onuferko T (2023) A checklist of the bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Manitoba, Canada. The Canadian Entomologist 155: E3.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Dalea purpurea, Dalea sp., Helianthus sp.

Distribution: Alberta, Manitoba
Ecozone: Prairie

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