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Rediscovery of Cerceris fumipennis (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) in British Columbia, Canada, with notes on geographic variation and nesting habits

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 October 2014

Troy Kimoto*
Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 4321 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5C 6S7
Matthias Buck
Royal Alberta Museum, 12845-102nd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5N 0M6
1Corresponding author (e-mail:


Within Canada, Cerceris fumipennis Say (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) is known to occur in Ontario and Québec but there is also one historic record from 1935 of two female specimens captured in Lytton, British Columbia. No other records have been recorded for the last 77 years. In 2012 and 2013, one male and four females were captured in a sweep net adjacent to a gravel parking lot in Merritt, British Columbia. Although there are differences in size and colouration between the British Columbia and eastern species, the variation between the populations does not warrant assigning a new name to this geographical race.

Behaviour & Ecology – NOTE
© Entomological Society of Canada 2014 

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