Bees of Canada Logo

Sphecodes antennariae Robertson, 1891


Scientific Name: Sphecodes antennariae Robertson, 1891

Common Name: Antennaria Blood Bee


Sphecodes antennariae Robertson, 1891: 63 [♀].

     Lectotype ♀, designated by W.E. LaBerge, in Webb (1980: 116). USA, Illinois, Carlinville, 18 April 1886, by C.A. Robertson, on Antennaria plantaginifolia [INHS, Robertson no. 845].


Taxonomic notes: The ♂ was keyed by Robertson (1903: 105, as Dialonia antennariae), and fully described by Mitchell (1960: 474). Sphecodes antennariae Robertson, 1891 is the type species for Dialonia Robertson, 1903.

Distribution in Canada: Sharkey 2022 [ON].


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

Robertson C (1891) Descriptions of new species of North American bees. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 18(1): 49-66.

Robertson C (1903) Synopsis of Sphecodinae. Entomological News 14(4): 103-107.

Sharkey JK (2022) Restoring rarities: the impact of habitat management and restoration on native bee communities in tallgrass prairie and oak savanna in southern Ontario. MSc Thesis, University of Guelph, xv + 153 pp.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mated Female

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

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains