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].


Species Notes

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.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Dalea purpurea, Dalea villosa

Distribution: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains, Prairie

Distribution Map