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Species Colletes aberrans - Aberrant Cellophane Bee

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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 aberrans (Aberrant Cellophane Bee)
Identification
"Note scutum with short, subappressed, thickened, and densely plumose (scale-like) hairs. Note also white hairs covering much of metasoma excepting the black bands. in N of range (thoracic) pile of this species becomes "almost ochraceous" see Stephen, 1954: 338." - JSA (ref)
Range
Western but ranges into Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan
Season
mid June to mid August
Food
Visits Petalostemon. Also recorded on Dalea villosa. 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.
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