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Panurginus atriceps (Cresson, 1878)


Scientific Name: Panurginus atriceps (Cresson, 1878)

Common Name: Panurginus atriceps


Calliopsis atriceps Cresson, 1878: 67 [♂].

     Holotype ♂. USA, California, by H. Edwards [ANSP no. 2184].


Taxonomic notes: The ♀ was described by Cockerell (1898: 194), who was also the first to place it into the genus Panurginus Nylander, 1848.

DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN)BOLD:AAI2547

Distribution in Canada: Sheffield and Heron 2019 [BC]. BOLD [YT, BC, AB].

Biology: Rust (1976) reported this species foraging on and collectin pollen from Downingia flowers (D. bella Hoover or D. cuspidata (Green). The larval stages and nesting biology were described by Rust (1976). Rust (1976) indicated that nest initiation took place in pre-exisiting cracks in the ground.


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.

Cockerell TDA (1898) On some panurgine and other bees. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 25: 185-198.

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

Rust RW (1976) Notes on the biology of North American species of Panurginus (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 52(2): 159-166.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon
Ecozone: Boreal Cordillera, Montane Cordillera, Western Interior Basin

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