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Habropoda murihirta (Cockerell, 1905)


Scientific Name: Habropoda murihirta (Cockerell, 1905)

Common Name: Dark-haired Mountain Digger Bee


Emphoropsis murihirta Cockerell, 1905: 81 [♂, ♀].

     Syntypes ♂, ♀. USA, California, Los Angeles, by A. Davidson [CAS no.15483].


Distribution in Canada: Stainer 1959 [BC], Hurd 1979 [BC, likely based on Stainer’s publication, recorded Habropoda murihirta (Cockerell) from BC. Most of the material was collected at Okanagan Mission, with a few species collected off Vancouver Island.

Sheffield and Heron (2019) were not able to locate this material (17 specimens) in the CNC. We leave it on the list as valid, though suspect that these are likely the dark forms of H. cineraria found only on coastal BC, which would match Stainer’s (1959) location of “Vancouver Island points” and Cockerell’s (1905: 82) brief description of the female.


Hurd PD (1979) Superfamily Apoidea. In: Krombein KV, Hurd Jr PD, Smith DR, Burks BD (Eds) Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, 2735 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.

Cockerell TDA (1905) Three new bees from the southwest. Entomological News 16(3): 81-83.

Stainer J (1959) A collection of Hymenoptera from British Columbia. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 56: 65-66.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia