Scientific Name: Epeolus interruptus Robertson, 1900

Common Name: Interrupted Cellophane-cuckoo Bee


Epeolus interruptus Robertson, 1900: 55 [♀]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Illinois, Carlinville, by C. Robertson [INHS no. 44384].


Species Notes

The ♂‚ was described by Mitchell (1962). 

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) is BOLD:ACZ9058. 



Though the host(s) of this species are not confirmed (Onuferko 2017), Brumley (1965) suggested Colletes aestivalis Patton without explanation. Onuferko (2017) indicated that this species was collected co-occurring in Utah with Colletes willistoni Robertson, all foraging on Physalis longifolia Nutt.


Distribution in Canada

Romankova (2004) recorded this species from Ontario. Onuferko (2017, 2018) records this species from Manitoba and Ontario.



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. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.755.23939

Robertson C (1900) Some Illinois Bees. Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 10: 47–55.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Rudbeckia sp., Trifolium sp., Coreopsis sp., Leucanthemum sp.

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

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