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Habropoda cineraria (Smith, 1879)


Scientific Name: Habropoda cineraria (Smith, 1879)

Common Name: Ashy Mountain Digger Bee


Anthophora cineraria Smith, 1879: 124 [♀, ♂].

     Syntypes ♀, ♂. CANADA, Vancouver[‘s] Island [BMNH].


Distribution in Canada: Smith 1879 [BC, type locality]; Michener 1951 [BC]; Elwell 2012 [BC]; Sheffield et al. 2014 [SK]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC].

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAC5943



Michener CD (1951) Superfamily Apoidea. In: Muesebeck CF, Krombein KV, Townes HK (Eds) Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico Synoptic Catalog. 2. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Monograph, Washington, 1420 pp.

Sheffield CS, Frier SD, Dumesh D (2014) The bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes) of the Prairies Ecozone, with comparisons to other grasslands of Canada. In: Giberson DJ, Cárcamo HA (Eds) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume 4): Biodiversity and Systematics Part 2. 4. Biological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, 479 pp. [ISBN 978-0-9689321-7-9].

Smith F (1879) Descriptions of New Species of Hymenoptera in the Collection of the British Museum. Taylor and Francis, London, 240 pp.

Sheffield CS, Heron JM (2019) The bees of British Columbia (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes). Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 115: 44-85.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Polylectic
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Medicago sativa, Prunus persica
Non Crop Preference: Salix sp., Penstemon sp., Melilotus officinalis, Salvia sp., Amelanchier sp., Trifolium sp., Phacelia sp., Hydrophyllum sp., Arctostaphylos sp., Prunus virginiana, Ribes sp., Berberis sp., Ribes aureum, Acer glabrum, Quercus sp., Mertensia oblongifolia, Hydrophyllum capitatum, Fritillaria pudica, Mertensia sp., Physocarpus malvaceus

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie, Western Interior Basin

female; lateral view
female; lateral view