First Record of the Bee Melitta americana (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Melittidae) for Quebec and Canada

André Payette

Abstract


The first record of the bee Melitta americana (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Melittidae) for the province of Quebec and for Canada is reported. Female bees were found foraging on pollen and nectar on flowers of the Large Cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon Aiton (Ericaceae), in a cultivated Large Cranberry field in the Centre-du-Québec region.

Première mention de l’abeille Melitta americana (Smith) (Hyménoptères : Mélittides) pour la province du Québec et pour le Canada. Les abeilles femelles ont été observées en train de butiner du pollen et du nectar sur les fleurs de canneberges à gros fruits, Vaccinium macrocarpon Aiton (Éricacées), dans une culture commerciale de canneberges dans la région du Centre-du-Québec.


Keywords


oligolectic bee; Vaccinium macrocarpon; Large Cranberry; cranberry bog; native pollinator; nesting site; pollen analysis; range extension; Quebec; Canada

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22621/cfn.v127i1.1409



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