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An Early Eocene bee (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) from Quilchena, British Columbia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 April 2012

Michael S. Engel*
Affiliation:
Division of Entomology, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Snow Hall, 1460 Jayhawk Boulevard, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States 66045-7523
S. Bruce Archibald
Affiliation:
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States 02138
*
1Corresponding author.

Abstract

A fossil halictine bee from Early Eocene, Okanagan Highlands deposits of Quilchena, British Columbia, Canada, is described and figured. Halictus? savenyeisp.nov. is distinguished from other Tertiary halictines as well as modern bees. The specimen is the second oldest body fossil of a bee yet discovered and the first fossil bee from Canada. The antiquity of Halictidae and of bees in general is briefly commented upon.

Résumé

On trouvera ici la description illustrée d'une abeille halictinée fossile de l'Éocène inférieur provenant des sédiments des Hautes Terres d'Okanagan à Quilchena, Colombie-Britannique, Canada. Halictus? savenyeisp.nov. se distingue des autres Halictinae du Tertiaire et des abeilles modernes. Il s'agit là du deuxième plus vieux fossile du corps d'une abeille jamais trouvé et le premier fossile d'une abeille découvert au Canada. L'ancienneté des Halictidae et des abeilles en général fait l'objet d'un bref commentaire.

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Copyright © Entomological Society of Canada 2003

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