Scientific Name: Holcopasites heliopsis (Robertson, 1897)

Common Name: Holcopasites heliopsis


Ammobates heliopsis Robertson, 1897: 352 [♂‚]

     Holotype ♂‚. USA, Illinois, Carlinville, by C. Robertson [INHS]

Holcopasites lutzi Cockerell, 1934: 12 [♂‚] 

     Holotype ♂‚. USA, Colorado, Wray, approx. 3700 ft., in canyon, 17-19 August 1919, by Lutz [AMNH?]



Hurd and Linsley (1972) indicated that this species is a cleptoparasite of Calliopsis (Verbenapis) nebraskensis Crawford, a species not yet recorded in Canada. The presence of H. heliopsis in Alberta and Saskatchewan suggest that Calliopsis (Calliopsima) coloradensis Cresson and/or C. (Calliopsima) chlorops Cockerell may also serve as hosts; C. (Calliopsis) andreniformis Smith is also known from the Canadian prairies. Other panurgines may also be hosts.



Cockerell TDA (1934) Records of western bees. American Museum Novitates 697: 1 15.

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

Robertson C (1897) North American bees - descriptions and synonyms. Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 7: 315-356.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Alberta, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

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