Scientific Name: Melecta thoracica Cresson, 1875

Common Name: Melecta thoracica


Melecta thoracica Cresson, 1875: 726 [♀]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Eastern Nevada, 1872, by H.C. Yarrow [ANSP no. 2286; if this is the holotype, the locality is recorded incorrectly]

Melecta (Melectasierrae Linsley 1939: 437 [♀,♂‚] [synonymy by Hurd and Linsley 1951: 126]


Species Notes

In the original work, Cresson (1875) recorded the type locality for the single type specimen as Nevada (eastern Nevada), though later (Cresson 1916: 132) indicated Colorado. 



This species was reported as a cleptoparasite of Habropoda cineraria by Hurd and Linsley (1951).



Cresson ET (1875) Chapter VII. – Report upon the collections of Hymenoptera made in portions of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona during 1872, 1873, and 1874. In: United States Army, Engineer Department. Report upon Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the One Hundredth Meridian, in Charge of First Lieut. Geo. M. Wheeler. Vol V. – Zoology.

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

Linsley EG (1939) A revision of the Nearctic Melectinae (Hymenoptera, Anthophoridae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 32(2): 429–468.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

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