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Osmia austromaritima Michener, 1936


Scientific Name: Osmia austromaritima Michener, 1936

Common Name: Osmia austromaritima


Osmia austromaritima Michener, 1936: 43 [♂].

     Holotype ♂. USA, California, Los Angeles County, San Pedro Hills, 22 February 1929 [Michener Collection, while in Pasadena].

Osmia (Acanthosmioides) hurdi White, 1952 : 273 [♀]. Synonymy by Rightmyer et al. (2013: 568).

     Holotype ♀. USA, California, Lassen County, Black’s Mountain, 13 June 1941, by C.D. Michener [SEMC no. 4493].


DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAI1802, BOLD:AAI1803

The two BIN’s, both from the USA, suggest variability in this species, or misidentification. BIN BOLD:AAI1802 is represented by three specimens from Utah, BOLD:AAI1803 from California, the state of the type locality for both O. autsromaritima Michener and O. hurdi White.

Distribution in Canada: White 1952 [BC]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC].


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

Michener CD (1936) Some western bees of the genus Osmia. The Canadian Entomologist 68(2): 39-43.

Rightmyer MG, Griswold T, Brady SG (2013) Phylogeny and systematics of the bee genus Osmia (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) with emphasis on North American Melanosmia: subgenera, synonymies and nesting biology revisited. Systematic Entomology 38: 561-576.

White JR (1952) A revision of the genus Osmia, subgenus Acanthosmioides (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae). The University of Kansas Science Bulletin 35(2): 219-307.

Sociality: Solitary
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin

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