Blueberry Cellophane Bee Colletes validus Cresson, 1868  

Description:

Note the very long distance from the bottom of the compound eye to the mandible base (technically this is called the malar space). Few bees show this long a head and it is nearly distinctive within Colletes at least in the north. (S. Droege, pers. comm.)

Nests are categorized as ground burrows, and social behavior is categorized as solitary to communal (Selfridge et al., 2017).

Relationships:

Associated with Vaccinium.

There are 11 records in the project database.

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A male Blueberry Cellophane Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/12/2012). Photographed by Brooke Alexander and processed by Elizabeth Garcia. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Blueberry Cellophane Bee in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/12/2012). Photographed by Brooke Alexander and processed by Elizabeth Garcia. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Colletes validus in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/5/2014). Identification verified by John Ascher. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

A mating pair of Colletes validus in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/5/2014). Identification verified by John Ascher. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

A female Blueberry Cellophane Bee in Not Maryland (3/9/2017). Collected by Zach Scott. Image processed by Kelly Graninger. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A female Blueberry Cellophane Bee in Not Maryland Co., Maryland (3/9/2017). Collected by Zach Scott. Image processed by Kelly Graninger. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)


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