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Epeolus bifasciatus Cresson, 1864


Scientific Name: Epeolus bifasciatus Cresson, 1864

Common Name: Two-banded Cellophane Cuckoo Bee


Epeolus bifasciatus Cresson, 1864: 38 [♂].

     Lectotype ♂ [desginated by Cresson 1916: 113]. USA, Illinois [ANSP no. 2658].


Taxonomic Notes: The ♀ was first described by Mitchell (1962), and later by Brumley (1965) and Onuferko (2017).

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:ADD5310

Biology: Mitchell (1962) and Brumley (1965) indicated that this species is a nest parasite of Colletes latitarsis Robertson.

Distribution in Canada: Onuferko 2017 [ON], 2018 [ON].

More recently, specimens have been observed from Quebec (Sheffield, pers. obs.).



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.

Cresson ET (1864) Descriptions of several new species of North American Apidae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia 3: 38–43.

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

Mitchell TB (1962) Bees of the eastern United States. Volume II. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 152: 1–557.

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.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Ontario, Quebec
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains