Scientific Name: Holcopasites calliopsidis calliopsidis (Linsley, 1943)

Common Name: Holcopasites calliopsidis calliopsidis


Neopasites (Neopasites) calliopsidis Linsley, 1943: 137 [♀,♂‚]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Iowa, Sioux City, 9 June 1931, by C.N. Ainslee [ANSP no. 5013]

Holcopasites pseudocarinatus Mitchell 1962: 489 [♀] [synonymy by Hurd and Linsley 1972: 16]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Wisconsin, Madison, U. Hill Farm, 6 August 1946, by J.T. Medler, on sweet clover [NCSU]


Species Notes

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:AAE5391.



This species is a cleptoparasite in the nest of Calliopsis andreniformis (Swenk 1907; Ainslie 1937; Rozen 1966, 1967; Shinn 1967; Linsley 1943), and likely other panurgine bees (Hurd and Linsley 1972). A detailed study of exocrine products of both cleptoparasite and host was done by Hefetz et al. (1982).



Ainslie CN (1937) Notes on the biology of two panurgine bees. The Canadian Entomologist 69: 97-100. https://doi.org/10.4039/Ent6997-5

Hefetz A, Eickwort GC, Blum MS, Cane J, Bohart GE (1982) A comparative study of the exocrine products of cleptoparasitic bees (Holcopasites) and their hosts (Calliopsis) (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae, Andrenidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 8(11): 1389–1397. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01403102

Hurd PD Jr, Linsley EG (1972) Parasitic bees of the genus Holcopasites Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoolology 114: 1-41.

Linsley EG (1943) A revision of the genus Neopasites (Hymenoptera: Nomadidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 69(2/3): 119-140. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25077508

Rozen JG Jr (1966) The larvae of the Anthophoridae (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Part 2. The Nomadidae. American Museum Novitates 2244: 1-38.

Rozen JG Jr (1967) Review of the biology of panurgine bees, with observations on North American forms (Hymenoptera, Andrenidae). American Museum Novitates 2297: 1-44.

Shinn AF (1967) A revision of the bee genus Calliopsis and the biology and ecology of C. andreniformis (Hymenoptera, Andrenidae). University of Kansas Science Bulletin 46: 753-936.

Swenk MH (1907) The Bees of Nebraska. II. Entomological News 18: 293-300.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available