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Colletes distinctus Cresson, 1868
Life   Insecta   Hymenoptera   Apoidea   Colletidae   Colletes
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Colletes distinctus, -male, -back-1 2012-06-11-15.56.36-ZS-PMax
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Colletes distinctus, -male, -back-1 2012-06-11-15.56.36-ZS-PMax

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Colletes distinctus, -male, -face 2012-05-22-15.28.31-ZS-PMax
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Colletes distinctus, -male, -side 2012-06-11-16.17.06-ZS-PMax
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Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, back ---.. ZS PMax
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Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, back ---.. ZS PMax

Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, face ---.. ZS PMax
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Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, face ---.. ZS PMax
Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, back ---.. ZS PMax
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Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, back ---.. ZS PMax

Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, side ---.. ZS PMax
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Colletes distinctus, f, ga, baker, side ---.. ZS PMax
Colletes distinctus, female, abdtop
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Colletes distinctus, female, abdtop

Colletes distinctus, female, face
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Colletes distinctus, female, face
Colletes distinctus, female, propodeum
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Colletes distinctus, female, propodeum

Colletes distinctus, female, scutum
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Colletes distinctus, female, scutum
Colletes distinctus, female, scutum2
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Colletes distinctus, female, scutum2

Colletes distinctus, female, side
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Colletes distinctus, female, side
Colletes distinctus, female, tegula
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Colletes distinctus, female, tegula
Overview
Reprinted with permission from: Mitchell, T.B. 1960 Bees of the Eastern United States. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin No. 141.


FEMALE—Length 10 mm.; face slightly longer than broad; eyes slightly divergent below; length of malar space about one-third its breadth; facial foveae quite shallow, broad, obscurely pointed on eye margin below, more rounded and slightly divergent from orbit above; antennae brownish-ferruginous beneath, 2nd segment of flagellum subequal to pedicel in length, slightly broader than long, 1st segment considerably longer; lateral ocelli separated from posterior margin of vertex by about their own diameter; cheeks above very narrow; clypeus shining, punctures quite coarse and close centrally, more scattered laterally, but fine and close along the margins, a series of quite large and deep impressions just above apical margin; punctures fine and close but distinct between antennae and ocelli, minute and close on cheeks, vertex shining, the punctures exceedingly minute and obscure; labrum rather dull, with about five lane shallow and obscure impressions; pubescence white and quite densely plumose over most of head and thorax, a few dark hairs intermixed with the pale on vertex and dorsum of thorax, quite sparse on these areas except anterior half of scutum where there are no black hairs, entirely pale on legs; prothoracic spine not produced; metapleural protuberance not carinate; front coxae not spined; hind basitarsi flat, parallel-sided, four times longer than broad; spurs yellowish-brown; tegulae shining, dark ferruginous; wings subhyaline, veins yellowish-brown; scutum and scutellum polished, punctures very fine and sparse over posterior half of scutum, moderately coarse and close over anterior half, closer along lateral margins, more coarse on scutellum, sparse anteriorly, becoming very close along posterior margin; pleura rather coarsely subrugose; metanotum more finely and densely rugose; posterior face of propodeum shining, with a few vague irregular striations, median triangle clearly demarked by deep lateral furrows, sharply carinate above, dorsal portion short, with a transverse series of large shining pits, lateral faces of propodeum more tessellate; abdomen shining, the punctures exceedingly minute and obscure, quite sparse on basal segment, close on the others, terga 2-4 with entire white apical fasciae, discs of terga with a barely discernible covering of extremely short, brown pile, a few long, erect, pale hairs toward the sides of the more apical segments, tergum 6 with a few long, dark hairs.

MALE—Length 9-10 mm.; length of face slightly greater than distance between eyes above; eyes somewhat convergent below; length and breadth of malar space about equal; facial foveae small but evident; vertex narrow back of ocelli, lateral ocelli slightly nearer to eyes than to each other; clypeus protruding considerably below suborbital line, closely and finely punctate above, the punctures becoming somewhat more coarse and more distinctly separated below; punctures of face obscured by the dense pubescence, those on vertex and cheeks very fine and irregular, surface somewhat shining; pubescence copious, pale ochraceous on head and thorax above, becoming more whitish below, without dark admixture; lateral angles of pronotum acute but not spine- like; basal segment of flagellum piceous, about as broad as long, slightly longer than pedicel, following segments piceous above, brownish beneath, length about twice the breadth; metapleural protuberance not carinate; legs piceous, tarsi more or less brownish-testaceous; spurs testaceous; tegulae brownish-testaceous, very finely and rather closely punctate; wings subhyaline, veins and stigma brownish-testaceous, 2nd submarginal cell slightly longer than 3rd; scutum shining, punctures deep and distinct but rather fine, well separated anteriorly, somewhat more sparse posteriorly, those on scutellum much more coarse and close; pleura rather coarsely rugoso-punctate above, becoming more distinctly punctate below; dorsal area of propodeum short, with rather widely separated, coarse striae, lateral faces obscurely roughened, posterior face shining, with a few irregular reticulations; abdominal terga shining, minutely but quite distinctly punctate, punctures well separated, but not sparse on the more basal segments, becoming closer on the more apical segments, apical margins somewhat depressed and narrowly testaceous; discs of terga with very short, rather thin, brownish pile, apical margins with quite distinct white fasciae.

DISTRIBUTION—North Carolina, Georgia and Florida; March through June.

FLOWER RECORDS—Hypericum, Ilex, cassine and Melilotus alba.

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