Scientific Name: Sphecodes pimpinellae Robertson, 1900

Common Name: Sphecodes pimpinellae


Sphecodes pimpinellae Robertson, 1900: 51 [♀]

     Holotype . USA, Illinois, Carlinville, by C. Robertson [INHS]

Sphecodes distolus Lovell, 1909: 416 [♀] [synonymy by Krombein 1958: 232 (citing T.B. Mitchell)]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Virginia, Great Falls, 17 July [no year provided], by N. Banks [?]

Sphecodes shawi Lovell, 1911: 212 [♀] [synonymy by ?]

     Holotype ♀. USA, New Hampshire, Hampton, 8 June 1909, by S.A. Shaw [?]

Sphecodes wheeleri Mitchell, 1956: 210 [♀,♂‚] [synonymy by ?]

     Holotype ♀. USA, North Carolina, Marion, 18 June 1941, by T.B. Mitchell, on Leucanthemum [NCSU]


Species Notes

Mitchell (1960: 498) indicated that the type specimen has two submarginal cells, but other specimens have the typical three.



Ordway (1964) recorded this species as a nest parasite of Augochlorella spp.



Lovell JH (1909) The bees of Virginia-Prosopis, Sphecodes, Osmia. Entomological News 20: 412 417.

Lovell JH (1911) New records of bees: Sphecodes and Prosopis (Hym.). Entomological News 22: 211 215.

Mitchell TB (1956) New species of Sphecodes from the eastern United States. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 72: 206 222. http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/jncas/id/2232

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

Ordway E (1964) Sphecodes pimpinellae and other enemies of Augochlorella. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 37: 139-152.

Robertson C (1900) Some Illinois bees. Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis 10: 47-55.


Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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