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Holcopasites heliopsis (Robertson, 1897)


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 [♂]. Synonymy by Hurd and Linsley (1972: 20).

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


Taxonomic Notes: The ♀ was keyed by Crawford (1915b: 124) and described by Linsley (1943a: 129). Linsley (1943a: 129) incorrectly listed the page of description for A. heliopsis Robertson as 350.


Biology: Hurd and Linsley (1972) indicated that this species is an unconfirmed cleptoparasite of Calliopsis (Verbenapis) nebraskensis Crawford, a species not yet recorded in Canada. The presence of H. heliopsis in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba 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.



Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

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