Scientific Name: Melecta pacifica fulvida Cresson, 1879

Common Name: Melecta pacifica fulvida


Melecta pacifica var. fulvida Cresson, 1879: 204 [♀]

     Syntypes ♀. USA, Nevada, by Morrison [ANSP]

Bombomelecta semifulva Cockerell, 1921: 212 [♂‚] [synonymy by Hurd and Linsley 1951: 127 (of M. pacifica s. l.)]

     Holotype ♂‚. USA, Colorado, Boulder, 17 May 1920, by E.R. Becker


Species Notes

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:AAD8008. No differences in COI have been observed yet among the recognized subspecies.


Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): 112 km2



Cockerell TDA (1921) XXV.—Descriptions and records of bees.—XC. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7 (39): 201‑212. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222932108632512

Cresson ET (1879) Descriptions of New North American Hymenoptera in the Collection of the AmericanEntomological Society 7: 201-214. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25076373

Hurd PD Jr., Linsley EG (1951) The melectine bees of California (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 1(5): 119-140.

Morphology & Traits

As the subspecific name indicates, this subspecies can be distinguished by the fulvous pubescence on the upper part of the body.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Alberta, British Columbia
Ecozone: Montane Cordillera, Prairie, Western Interior Basin

Distribution Map