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Dufourea harveyi (Cockerell, 1906)


Scientific Name: Dufourea harveyi (Cockerell, 1906)

Common Name: Harvey's Short-faced Bee


Halictoides Harveyi Cockerell, 1906: 223 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, New Mexico, Las Vegas Range, Harvey’s Ranch, 22 August [no year provided], by W. Porter (CAS no. 15600].

Dufourea (Halictoides) fimbriata fimbriata Michener, 1951: 1131 [misidentification, in part].


Taxonomic Notes: As indicated by Gibbs et al. (2014: 3) this species has been previously understood to be D. fimbriata (Cresson, 1878) based on a synonymy proposed by G.E. Bohart in Michener (1951: 1131), which has been followed in later works (Hurd 1979; Moure and Hurd 1987; Dumesh and Sheffield 2012). However, the type material of Cresson’s species differs from D. harveyi (see Gibbs et al. 2014), and both species should be considered valid. However, all specimens found in Canada are D. harveyi.


DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAI9075


Biology: Lincoln (1981) recorded Dufourea harveyi (as D. fimbriata) as oligolectic on Potentilla (Rosaceae).


Distribution in Canada: Dumesh and Sheffield 2012 [NT, AB, ON, as D. fimbriata (Cresson)]; Sheffield et al. 2014 [AB, as D. fimbiriata (Cresson)]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB]; BOLD [SK].

Dufourea harveyi has only been collected a few times in Canada, including in Edmonton, AB, Yellowknife, NT (the most northern record for this genus in North America), and in northern ON (Dumesh and Sheffield 2012).


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

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

Distribution: Alberta, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Boreal Plains, Boreal Shield, Prairie, Taiga Plains

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