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Stelis monticola Cresson, 1864


Scientific Name: Stelis monticola Cresson, 1864

Common Name: Mountain Cuckoo Carder Bee


Stelis? monticola Cresson, 1878: 94 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, Colorado, by Ridings [ANSP].


Taxonomic Notes: The male has not been described.

Biology: Hicks (1926) recorded this as a nest parasite of Hoplitis fulgida fulgida (Cresson). Hurd (1979; ) incorrectly cite Clement and Rust (1976: ) supporting this association, though the Stelis in that case was not identified.  


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.

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

Criddle N, Curran CH, Viereck HL, Buckell ER (1924) The entomological record, 1923. Annual Report of the Entomological Society of Ontario 54: 87-102.

Buckell ER (1950) Record of bees from British Columbia: Megachilidae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 46: 21-31.

Hicks CH (1926) Nesting habits and parasites of certain bees of Boulder County, Colorado. University of Colorado Bulletin 15: 217-252.

Sladen FWL (1916) Canadian species of the bee genus Stelis Panz. The Canadian Entomologist 48(9): 312-314.

Clement SL, Rust RW (1976) The nesting biology of three species of Hoplitis Klug (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 52(2): 110-119.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Cavity Renter
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Western Interior Basin

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