Scientific Name: Epeolus ainsliei Crawford, 1932
Common Name: Ainslie s Cellophane-cuckoo Bees
Epeolus ainsliei Crawford, 1932: 74 [♀]
Holotype ♀. USA, Iowa, Sioux City, 15 July 1922, by C.N. Anislie [USNM no. 534035].
The ♂‚ was first described by Brumley (1965), and more recently treated by Onuferko (2017).
The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:ACZ1957.
Onuferko (2018) suggested that Colletes susannae Swenk could be the likely host of this species as the two have been collected together in Manitoba in Canada, and in Wisconsin, USA (Wolf and Ascher 2009). However, other species of Colletes were also observed at these localities.
♀ body length: mm; head length: mm; head width: mm; forewing length: mm
♂‚ body length: mm; head length: mm; head width: mm; forewing length: mm
Approximate Global Extent of Occurrence (EOO) (http://geocat.kew.org/): 2,908,876 km2
Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): 96 km2
Distribution in Canada
Onuferko (2018) records this species from Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Brumley RL (1965) A revision of the bee genus Epeolus Latreille of western America North of Mexico. M.S. Thesis. Utah State University, Logan, iii + 92 pp.
Crawford JC (1932) New North American bees. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 34: 69–78.
Onuferko TM (2017) Cleptoparasitic bees of the genus Epeolus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Canada. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification No. 30: 1–62. https://doi.org/10.3752/cjai.2017.30
Onuferko TM (2018) A revision of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Epeolus Latreille for Nearctic species, north of Mexico (Hymenoptera, Apidae). ZooKeys 755: 1–185. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.755.23939
Wolf AT, Ascher JS (2009) Bees of Wisconsin (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila). Great Lakes Entomologist 41: 129–168.
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva
Distribution: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains, Prairie