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Nomada banksi Cockerell, 1907


Scientific Name: Nomada banksi Cockerell, 1907

Common Name: Banks Nomad Bee


Nomada banksi Cockerell, 1907: 98 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, Virginia, Glencarlyn, 10 October [no year provided], by N. Banks [].


Taxonomic Notes: The ♂ was described by Mitchell (1962: 405), and Alexander (1994: 207) provided an image of the male genitalia, in addition to other female structures.

Biology: Alexander and Rozen (1987) and Rozen (2003) studied aspects of female fecundity in this species. Ascher et al. (2014) indicated that Andrena asteris Robertson was the likely host, which was supported by Espinoza et al. (2022).

Distribution in Canada: Mitchell 1962 [ON]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB].


Mitchell TB (1962) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 2. North Carolina Agricultural Experimental Station Technical Bulletin 152, Raleigh, 557 pp.

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.

Ascher JS, Kornbluth S, Goelet RG (2014) Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) of Gardiners Island, Suffolk County, New York. Northeastern Naturalist 21(1): 47-71.

Alexander BA (1994) Species-groups and cladistic analysis of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Nomada (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). The University of Kansas Science Bulletin 55(6): 175-238.

Espinoza AC, Urban-Mead KR, Buckner MA, Flórez-Gómez N, Kueneman JG, Danforth BN (2022) Biology of Andrena (Callandrena sensu lato) asteris Robertson (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae), an eastern aster specialist that makes a very deep nest. Northeastern Naturalist 29(4): 474-491.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Manitoba, Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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