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Nomada suavis Cresson, 1878


Scientific Name: Nomada suavis Cresson, 1878

Common Name: Suave Nomad Bee


Nomada suavis Cresson, 1878: 74 [♀, ♂].

     Lectotype ♀, designated by Cresson (1916 : 131). USA, Oregon [ANSP no. 2596].

Nomada flavipes Provancher, 1888: 426 [♀]. Synonymy by Rodeck (1951:1204).

     Lectotype , desginated by Sheffield and Perron (2014: 145). USA, California, Los Angeles [ULQC no. 1640].


Taxonomic Notes: Cockerell (1903: 564) felt that Provancher’s species was close to be near to N. formula Viereck but considered them distinct.

Biology: Bohart (1970) reported this species as a nest parasite of Nomia melanderi Cockerell, a species that was introduced into British Columbia, but seemingly not established (see Sheffield and Heron 2019). 

Distribution in Canada: BC


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.

Provancher L (1888) Additions et Corrections au Volume II de la Faune Entomologique du Canada Traitant des Hyménoptères. Quebec, Darveau.

Cresson ET (1916) The Cresson types of Hymenoptera. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society 1: 1-141.

Rodeck HG (1951) Tribe Nomadini. In: Muesebeck CF, Krombein KV, Townes HK (Eds) Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico Synoptic Catalog. 2. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Monograph, Washington. Pp. 1189-1207.

Cockerell TDA (1903) Bees of the genus Nomada from California. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 55: 559-579.

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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