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Neolarra mallochi (Crawford, 1912)


Scientific Name: Neolarra mallochi (Crawford, 1912)

Common Name: Malloch's Fairy Cuckoo Bee


*Phileremulus mallochi Crawford, 1912: 359 [♂].

      Holotype ♂. CANADA, Alberta, Medicine Hat, by J.R. Malloch [USNM no. 15212].


Taxonomic notes: The ♀ is known [Alberta specimens] but has not been described. 

Though this species was considered a synonym under N. vigilans (Cockerell, 1895) by Shanks (1978: 241), Gibbs et al. (2023: 24) considered it a valid species based on distinct structural differences in addition to colour and pubescence, though Shanks (1978) discussed high variability in males (attributed to the synonymous names), but not females, collected in the same location. In a few instances Gibbs et al. (2023: 1, 24) incorrectly attributed the species to Michener.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAN3481

Distribution in Canada: Crawford 1912 [AB]; Michener 1939 [AB]; Shanks 1978 [AB, SK?, as N. vigilans (Cockerell)]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB].

Body length: ♂ 4 mm


Michener CD (1939) A revision of the genus Neolarra (Hymenoptera: Nomadidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 65(4): 347-362.

Shanks SS (1978) A revision of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Neolarra (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae). The Wasmann Journal of Biology 35(2): 212-246.

Crawford JC (1912) Notes on some Canadian bees. The Canadian Entomologist 44(12): 359-360.

Gibbs J, Hanuschuk E, Miller R, Dubois M, Martini M, Robinson S, Nakagawa P, Sheffield CS, Onuferko T (2023) A checklist of the bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Manitoba, Canada. The Canadian Entomologist 155: E3.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

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