Scientific Name: Epeolus autumnalis Robertson, 1902
Common Name: Autumn Cellophane-cuckoo Bee
Epeolus autumnalis Robertson, 1902: 81 [♀,♂‚]
Lectotype ♀ [designated by W.E. LaBerge, in Webb 1980: 108]. USA, Illinois, Carlinville, by C. Robertson [INHS no. 44381].
The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:AAF2361.
Ascher et al. (2014) and Onuferko (2017) suggest that Colletes compactus compactus Cresson is the likely host based on coinciding flight times and co-occurrence, supporting the eariler opinion of Brumley (1965).
♀ 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/): 2,133,487 km2
Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): 192 km2
Distribution in Canada
Onuferko (2017, 2018) recorded this species occurring in Ontario, and Nova Scotia.
Ascher JS, Kornbluth S, Goelet RG (2014) Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) of Gardiners Island, Suffolk County, New York. Northeastern Naturalist 21(1): 47–71. https://doi.org/10.1656/045.021.0105
Brumley RL (1965) A Revision of the Bee Genus Epeolus Latreille of Western America North of Mexico. M.S. thesis. Logan, Utah: Utah State University. iii + 92 pp.
Onuferko TM (2017) Cleptoparasitic bees of the genus Epeolus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Canada. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification No. 30: March 30, 2017. doi: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
Robertson C (1902) Some new or little known bees. Entomological News 13: 79–81.
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva
Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Symphyotrichum ericoides, Solidago sp., Melilotus albus, Solidago nemoralis, Leucanthemum vulgare, Helianthus sp., Rudbeckia sp., Bidens sp., Euthamia graminifolia, Solidago altissima
Distribution: Nova Scotia, Ontario
Ecozone: Atlantic Maritime, Mixwood Plains