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Megachile anograe Cockerell, 1908


Scientific Name: Megachile anograe Cockerell, 1908

Common Name: Anogra Leafcutter Bee


Megachile anograe Cockerell, 1908: 261 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, Colorado, Florrisant, 21 July 1907, by S.A. Rohwer, on Anogra coronopifolia [USNM no. 13668].

Megachile laurita Mitchell, 1927: 115 [♀]. Synonymy by Sheffield et al. (2011: 52).

     Holotype ♀. USA, Oregon, Umatilla, 24 June 1882, by S. Henshaw [MCZ no. 15711].

Megachile laurita semilaurita Mitchell, 1927: 116 [♀]. Synonymy by Sheffield et al. (2011: 52).

     Holotype ♀. USA, Utah [MCZ no. 15712].

Megachile (Xeromegachile) alamosana Mitchell, 1934: 329 [♂]. Synonymy by Sheffield et al. (2011: 52).

     Holotype ♂. USA, Colorado, Alamosa, 15 June 1919, approx. 7500 ft. [AMNH].


DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAF4183

Distribution in Canada: Hobbs and Lilly 1954 [AB]; Sheffield et al. 2011 [AB], 2014 [AB].

Hobbs and Lilly (1954: 461) indicated that this species was rare in Mixed Grass Prairies of southern AB, collecting the first Canadian specimens in 1952 (including Scandia and Seven Persons); they recorded it from Chamaenerion angustifolium and Cleomella serrulata.


Mitchell TB (1927) New megachilid bees. Psyche 34: 104-121.

Mitchell TB (1934) A revision of the genus Megachile in the Nearctic region. Part I. Classification and descriptions of new species (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 59(4): 295-361.

Sheffield CS, Frier SD, Dumesh D (2014) The bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes) of the Prairies Ecozone, with comparisons to other grasslands of Canada. In: Giberson DJ, Cárcamo HA (Eds) Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume 4): Biodiversity and Systematics Part 2. 4. Biological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, 479 pp. [ISBN 978-0-9689321-7-9].

Cockerell TDA (1908) Descriptions and records of bees.—XVIII. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 8 1(3): 259-267.

Sheffield CS, Ratti C, Packer L, Griswold T (2011) Leafcutter and mason bees of the genus Megachile Latreille (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in Canada and Alaska. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 18: 1-107.

Hobbs GA, Lilly CE (1954) Ecology of species of Megachile Latreille in the Mixed Prairie Region of southern Alberta with special reference to pollination of alfalfa. Ecology 35(4): 453-462.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Chamaenerion angustifolium

Distribution: Alberta
Ecozone: Prairie

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