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Melecta pacifica pacifica Cresson, 1878


Scientific Name: Melecta pacifica pacifica Cresson, 1878

Common Name: Melecta pacifica pacifica


Melecta pacifica Cresson, 1878: 91 [♂].

     Lectotype [designated by Cresson 1916: 127]. USA, California, by H. Edwards [ANSP no. 2288].

Melecta (Melecta) atlantica Linsley, 1943: 225 [♀]. Synonymy of M. pacifica Cresson by Michener (1954: 120, as subspecies).

     Holotype . USA, Georgia, Kennesaw Mt., 26 April 1936, by P.W. Fattig [USNM?].


Taxonomic Notes: Linsley (1939a: 440) incorrectly recorded the catalogue number of M. pacifica Cresson as 2270, which corresponds to Anthorphora pacifica Cresson, the entry immediate above (Cresson 1916: 127).


DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAD8008

No differences in COI have been observed yet among the recognized subspecies.


Distribution in Canada:  Linsley 1938 [BC], 1939 [BC]; Michener 1948 [BC]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC].


Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada ( 48 km2


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.

Sheffield CS, Heron JM (2019) The bees of British Columbia (Hymenoptera: Apoidea, Apiformes). Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 115: 44-85.

Linsley EG (1939) A revision of the Nearctic Melectinae. Annals of the Entomologcal Society of America 32(2): 429-468.

Linsley EG (1938) Notes on the synonymy and distribution of some North American bees of the genus Bombomelecta (Hymenoptera). Entomological News 49: 160-163.

Michener CD (1948) Notes on the American bees of the genus Melecta (Hymenoptera, Apoidea). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 50(1): 15-18.

Linsley EG (1943) The genus Melecta in eastern North America and Porto Rico (Hymenoptera, Anthophoridae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society 51: 225-227.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin

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