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Osmia cyaneonitens Cockerell, 1906


Scientific Name: Osmia cyaneonitens Cockerell, 1906

Common Name: Osmia cyaneonitens


Osmia cyaneonitens Cockerell, 1906: 448 [♂].

     Holotype . USA, Colorado, Florissant, 15 June, by Rohwer [USNM no. 29419].

Osmia brevihirta Cockerell, 1907: 365 [♀]. Synonymy by Sandhouse (1939: 77).

     Holotype . USA, Colorado, Boulder, 10 June 1905, by W.P. Cockerell [USNM no. 27890].


Taxonomic notes: Cockerell (1907: 365) suggested that O. brevihirta Cockerell could be the ♀ of O. cyaneonitens Cockerell, which was later confirmed by Sandhouse (1939: 77).

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN): BOLD:AAF2171

Distribution in Canada: Elwell et al. 2016 [BC]; Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC]; Gibbs et al. 2023 [MB]; Onuferko et al. 2023 [AB, SK]; Prescott et al. 2023 [AB].


Cockerell TDA (1906) The bees of Florissant, Colorado. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 22: 419-455.

Cockerell TDA (1907) Descriptions and records of bees.—XIII. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 7 19(113): 361-370.

Elwell SL, Griswold T, Elle E (2016) Habitat type plays a greater role than livestock grazing in structuring shrubsteppe plant–pollinator communities. Journal of Insect Conservation 20(3): 515-525.

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.

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

Sandhouse GA (1939) The North American bees of the genus Osmia (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington 1: 1-167.

Onuferko TM, Buck M, Gibbs J, Sokoloff PC (2023) Asymmetric responses by bees and aculeate wasps to dune stabilisation across the southern Canadian prairies Insect Diversity and Conservation 16:

Elwell SL (2012) The effects of livestock grazing and habitat type on plant-pollinator communities of British Columbia’s Endangered Shrubsteppe. MSc Thesis, Simon Fraser University. X + 110 pp.

Sociality: Solitary
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

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

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