Species

Scientific Name: Holcopasites stevensi Crawford, 1915

Common Name: Holcopasites stevensi

Taxonomy

Holcopasites stevensi Crawford, 1915: 125 [♀,♂‚]

     Holotype ♀. USA, North Dakota, Bismarck, 6 August 1913, by O.A. Stevens, on Grindelia squarrosa [USNM no. 19969]

Neopasites elegans Linsley, 1944: 277 [♀] [synonymy by Hurd and Linsley 1972: 37]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Texas, El Paso County, 30 August 1940, by D.J. Knull and J.N. Knull [Ohio State University]

Neopasites knulli Linsley, 1944: 278 [♂‚] [synonymy by Hurd and Linsley 1972: 37]

     Holotype ♂‚. USA, Texas, Culberson County, 30 August 1940, by D.J. Knull and J.N. Knull [Ohio State University]

 

Biology

Hurd and Linsley (1972) (citing Rozen 1965) indicated that this species is a cleptoparasite of Calliopsis (Calliopsima) crypta Shinn, and possibly C. (Calliopsima) rozeni Shinn, both species not yet recorded in Canada. The presence of H. stevensi in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba suggest that Calliopsis (Calliopsimacoloradensis Cresson and/or C. (Calliopsimachlorops Cockerell may also serve as hosts; C. (Calliopsisandreniformis Smith is also known from the Canadian prairies. Other panurgines may also be hosts.

 

References

Crawford JC (1915b) The bee genus Holcopasites Ashmead. Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus. 3: 123-126. 

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

Linsley EG (1944) New species of Neopasites with notes concerning others (Hymenoptera, Nomadidae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society 52: 277-280. 

Rozen JG Jr (1965) Biological notes on the cuckoo bee genera Holcopasites and Neolarra (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Journal of the New York Entomological Society 73: 87-91.

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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