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Macropis patellata Patton, 1880


Scientific Name: Macropis patellata Patton, 1880

Common Name: Macropis patellata


Macropis patellata Patton, 1880: 33 [♂, ♀].

     Syntypes ♂, ♀. USA, Connecticut, Plymouth, 1 August [no year provided], by H.F. Bassett, on Cicuta or Rhus; Connecticut, Waterbury, 9 July [no year provided], by W.H. Patton, on Lysimachia ciliata []


Toxonomic notes: Snelling and Stage (1995: 27) indicated that this species occurred in [eastern] Canada in the discussion of M. longilingua described by Provancher. Though no specific Canadian localities were provided, and Canada is not indicated in the range listed for M. patellata later in that work (Snelling and Stage 1995: 29), or Mitchell 1960: 529). However, its known proximity to eastern Canada (southern Ontario and Quebec) indicates that it likely could occur in Canada.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): N/A

Biology: This species, like all bees of the genus Macropis, is a oligolege on oil producing flowers of the genus Lysimachia (Popov 1958; Cane et al. 1983; Michez and Patiny 2005; Dötterl and Schäffler 2006). This species is likely a host for the cleptoparasitic bee, Epeoloides pilosulus in North America (Sheffield et al. 2004; Sheffield and Heron 2018).

Distribution in Canada: Snelling and Stage 1995 [eastern Canada].

There are no verified records of this species in Canada.

Extent of Occurrence (EOO) in Canada ( N/A

Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada ( N/A 


Mitchell TB (1960) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 1. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 141: 1-538.

Patton WH (1880a) Descriptions of the species of Macropis. Entomologists Monthly Magazine 17: 31-35.

Snelling RR, Stage GI (1995) A revision of the Nearctic Melittidae: the subfamily Melittinae (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Los Angeles County Museum Contributions in Science 451: 19-31.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Narrow Oligolecty
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Lysimachia ciliata