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Type Information

Lectotype for Xylocopa californica Cresson, 1864
Catalog Number: USNM
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology
Sex/Stage: Female;
Preparation: Pinned
Collector(s): Lorquin
Locality: Cala.. Date:Not recorded, California, United States
  • Lectotype: 1864. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of America. 2: 40.
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California carpenter bee

The California carpenter bee, Xylocopa californica, is a species of carpenter bee in the order Hymenoptera. It is native to western North America. [1]

Distribution[edit]

Xylocopa californica is found in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, and Northwestern Mexico. [2] It is found, along with Xylocopa varipuncta, in the Central Valley and in Southern California, including the Mojave Desert. They are agriculturally beneficial insects and pollinators of diverse California chaparral and woodlands and desert native plant species. [3] [4]

Description[edit]

The California carpenter bee is all black, as other Xylocopa species−the large carpenter bees are, and has some bluish/greenish reflections. The male has some lighter markings on the pronotum (dorsal prothorax) and the abdominal segments. [5]

Subspecies[edit]

The species has three named subspecies:[1]

  • Xylocopa californica arizonensis Cresson, 1879
  • Xylocopa californica californica Cresson, 1864
  • Xylocopa californica diamesa Hurd, 1954

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Xylocopa californica". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders; Lorus and Margery Milne; 1980; Knopf.
  3. ^ California Insects; Jerry A. Powell, Charles L. Hogue; 1989; University of California Press.
  4. ^ Discoverlife.org: Xylocopa californica
  5. ^ BugGuide.Net: Species − Xylocopa californica

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