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Species Colletes inaequalis - Unequal Cellophane Bee

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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, Plasterer, Masked, and Allied Bees)
Genus Colletes (Cellophane bees)
Species inaequalis (Unequal Cellophane Bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Colletes propinqua Cresson, 1868; Colletes canadensis Cresson, 1868; Colletes inaequalis ferrugineus Swenk, 1908
Explanation of Names
Colletes inaequalis Say, 1837
Female: Length 12-13mm(1)
Male: Length 9-10mm(1)
Nova Scotia to Minnesota, south to Georgia.
Introduced into many world regions.
March to July, with occasional records in the fall (August and September).
Visits flowers from several families. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Life Cycle
Information on life cycle and nesting can be found in Batra (1980)(2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.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.).
2.Ecology, Behavior, Pheromones, Parasites and Management of the Sympatric Vernal Bees Colletes inaequalis, C. thoracicus and...