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Sphecodes autumnalis Mitchell, 1956


Scientific Name: Sphecodes autumnalis Mitchell, 1956

Common Name: Sphecodes autumnalis


Sphecodes autumnalis Mitchell, 1956 [♀, ♂].

     Holotype ♀. USA, North Carolina, Southern Pines, 23 September 1950, by T.B. Mitchell [USNM no. 75234].


Taxonomic Notes:

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD: BOLD:AAI0133, BOLD:AAG2704

Biology: Eickwort (1977, and in Michener 1978: 305, 306) recorded this as a nest parasite of Perdita octomaculata (Say).

Distribution in Canada: Mitchell 1956, 1960 [ON]; Sheffield et al. 2009 [NS]. BOLD [NS]; Discover Life [NB, PE]. 

Extent of Occurrence (EOO) in Canada ( 159,373 km2

Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada ( 96 km2


Eickwort GC (1977) Aspects of the nesting biology and descriptions of immature stages of Perdita octomaculata and P. halictoides (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 50(4): 577-599.

Michener CD (1978) The parasitic groups of Halictidae. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 51: 291-339.

Mitchell TB (1956) New species of Sphecodes from the eastern United States. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 72: 206-222.

Mitchell TB (1960) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 1. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 141: 1-538.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mature Larva

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island
Ecozone: Atlantic Maritime, Mixwood Plains

female; lateral view
female; lateral view
male; lateral view
male; lateral view