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Perdita zebrata zebrata Cresson, 1878


Scientific Name: Perdita zebrata zebrata Cresson, 1878

Common Name: Perdita zebrata


Perdita zebrata Cresson, 1878: 69 [♀].

     Lectotype ♀, designated by Cresson (1916: ). USA, Colorado, by Ridings, Morrison [ANSP no. 2214].

Perdita canina Cockerell, 1895: 17 [♂]. Synonymy by Cockerell (1896: 68).

     Syntype ♂. USA, New Mexico, Santa Fé, 19 July [no year provided], by T.D.A. Cockerell (Ckll. 1572, 1571) [???].

Perdita bakerae Cockerell, 1896: 69 [♂, ♀]. Synonymy by Timberlake (1958: 356).

     Syntypes ♂, ♀. USA, Colorado, Fort Collins, 8 August 1895, on Solidago canadensis (♂, ♀); 15 August 1895, on Solgago canadensis (♂), 20 August 1895, on sticky buds of Helianthus annuus (2♂), by C.F. Baker [???].


Taxonomic notes: Cockerell (1895: 18) indicated that Mr. Fox suggested that Perdita canina Cockerell, 1895 could be the male of P. zebrata Cresson, 1878, which Cockerell confirmed the following year (Cockerell 1896: 68). In this same work, Cockerell described P. bakerae Cockerell, 1896, indicating the similarity to P. zebrata.

Biology: Though P. zebrata is thought to be an oligolege of Cleome serrulata [= Peritoma serrulata] (Cockerell 1896: 68; Timberlake 1958: 356), Cockerell (1895: 69) described P. bakerae from flowers of Solidago canadensis, on which it presumably will collect nectar (Timberlake 1958: 356). Biology: Rozen (1965) indicated that this species was a host for the cuckoo bee Neolarra pruinosa Ashmead, 1890.

Distribution in Canada: SK

A single specimen, identified by P.H. TImberlake, collected in 21 m W of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, by C.D. Michener, 28 August 1972 [KSEM218276].


Cresson ET (1878) Descriptions of new North American Hymenoptera in the collection of the American Entomological Society. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 7: 61-136.

Cresson ET (1916) The Cresson types of Hymenoptera. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 1: 1-141.

Cockerell TDA (1896) The bees of the genus Perdita F. Smith. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 48: 25-107.

Timberlake PH (1958) A revisional study of the bees of the genus Perdita F. Smith, with special reference to the fauna of the Pacific coast (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) Part III. University of California Publications in Entomology 14(5): 303-410.

Cockerell TDA (1895) Some new bees of the genus Perdita. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 47: 11-19.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Solidago canadensis, Peritoma serrulata

Distribution: Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

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