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Megachile mucida Cresson, 1878


Scientific Name: Megachile mucida Cresson, 1878

Common Name: Mucid Leafcutter Bee


Megachile mucida Cresson, 1878: 118 [♂ only, ♀ misidentified] (not Megachile mudica Pérez, 1895 = M. albipila Pérez, 1895).

     Lectotype ♂, designated by Cresson (1916: 125). USA, Georgia [ANSP no. 2424].

Megachile mucida semimucida Cockerell, 1909: 26 [♀, ♂]. Synonymy by Mitchell (1926: 118).

     Syntypes ♀, ♂. USA, Texas, Lee County, Fedor, 27 March 1909, by Birkmann [].

Megachile audax Mitchell, 1924: 161 [♂]. Synonymy by Mitchell (1926: 118).

     Holotype ♂. USA, North Carolina, Raleigh, 8 May 1922, on Rubus [NC State Department of Agriculture].


Taxonomic notes: The ♀ of Cresson’s Megachile mucida Cresson, 1878 was M. gemula Cresson, 1878 (Mitchell 1935: 181). Thus, the first ♀ described for M. mucida was that of Megachile mucida semimucida Cockerell, 1909 (Mitchell 1935: 197).

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Distribution in Canada: Sheffield pers. obs. [ON].


Cresson ET (1878) Descriptions of new North American Hymenoptera in the collection of the American Entomological Society. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 7: 61-136.

Mitchell TB (1924) New megachilid bees. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 40: 154-165.

Mitchell TB (1926) New species of Megachile, with notes and corrections (Hymenoptera). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 52(2): 111-118.

Mitchell TB (1935) A revision of the genus Megachile in the Nearctic region. Part III. Taxonomy of the subgenera Anthemois and Delomegachile (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 61(3): 155-205.

Cockerell TDA (1909) Descriptions and records of bees.—XXI. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 8 4(19): 25-31.

Cresson ET (1916) The Cresson types of Hymenoptera. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 1: 1-141.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Polylectic
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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