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Dieunomia heteropoda heteropoda (Say, 1824)


Scientific Name: Dieunomia heteropoda heteropoda (Say, 1824)

Common Name: Dieunomia heteropoda




Biology: Parker et al. (1986) studied and described the nesting biology and immature stages of D. heteropoda (Say). Blair (1935) indicated that their preference for nesting in sand or sandy soils likley contributes to the discontinuous populations throughour the range; this is also likely why the species is so uncommon in Canada. Wcislo and Buchmann (1995) gave a detailed account of mating behaviour and reproductive biology. Unlike most other groups of bees, male nomiine bees have secondary sexual structures; in D. heteropoda these include the modifed antenna and enlarged hind tibia, the latter used to wrap around the metasoma of the female during copulation (Wcislo and Buchmann 1995). 


Blair BH (1935) The bees of the group Dieunomia. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 43(2): 201-214.

Parker FD, Griswold TL, Botsford JH (1986) Biological notes on Nomia heteropoda Say (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 62(1): 91-94.

Wcislo WT, Buchmann SL (1995) Mating behaviour in the bees, Dieunomia heteropoda and Nomia tetrazonata, with a review of courtship in Nomiinae (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Journal of Natural History 29(4): 1015-1027.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Manitoba, Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains, Prairie