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Species Colletes simulans - Spine-shouldered Cellophane Bee

Colletes simulans armatus - Eastern Spine-shouldered Cellophane Bee - Colletes simulans Colletes simulans armatus - Eastern Spine-shouldered Cellophane Bee - Colletes simulans Colletes bee on wild aster - Colletes simulans - male native bee - Colletes simulans native bee - Colletes simulans bee 3 - Colletes simulans Colletes - Colletes simulans native bee - Colletes simulans
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Colletidae (Cellophane or Plasterer, Masked, and Fork-tongued Bees)
Genus Colletes (Cellophane bees)
Species simulans (Spine-shouldered Cellophane Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Colletes armata Patton, 1879; Colletes armatus Patton, 1879; Colletes scitula Patton, 1879; Colletes spinosa Robertson, 1891; Colletes bigeloviae Cockerell, 1897; Colletes brevispinosus Viereck, 1903["1902"]; Colletes tegularis Swenk, 1905; Colletes nevadensis Swenk, 1908; Colletes kudonis Cockerell, 1927; Colletes coloradensis Cockerell, 1933; Colletes simulans armatus Patton, 1879, valid subspecies; Colletes simulans miamiensis Mitchell, 1951, valid subspecies; Colletes simulans nevadensis Swenk, 1908, valid subspecies
Explanation of Names
Colletes simulans Cresson, 1868
Size
Female: Length 11.5; Wing 8.25mm(1)
Male: Length 10mm; Wing 7mm(1)
Range
North Carolina and Georgia, north to Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and the New England states, into southern Canada. West to the West Coast.
Season
January; May to November.
Food
Visits flowers from several families especially Asteraceae. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Print References
Mitchell, T.B. 1960 Bees of the Eastern United States. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin No. 141. (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A revision of the genus Colletes in America North of Mexico (Hymenoptera, Colletidae)
2.Bees of the eastern United States
Mitchell T.B. 1962. Tech. Bull. (NC Agric. Exp. Sta.): No. 141 (538 pp.), 1960; and No. 152 (557 pp.).