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

  • Michael S. Engel (a1) and S. Bruce Archibald (a2)

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.


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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The Canadian Entomologist
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