Tag Archives: Andrenidae

Perdita hirticeps ssp. luteocincta Timberlake

Yellow-banded Miner Bee (Perdita hirticeps ssp. luteocincta)

The Yellow-banded Miner Bee was described in 1960, it restricted to the dunes of what today is the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, a part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California, USA.

The taxon reached a length of about 0,5 cm; its head and thorax were glossy black, the abdomen was blackish brown with light yellow horizontal stripes.

The Yellow-banded Miner Bee is now possibly extinct.


edited: 09.11.2021

Andrena labiatula Osytshnjuk

Crimea Mining Bee (Andrena labiatula)


This is a rather unknown species, described in 1993 based on three specimens that had been collected on the Crimea peninsula, Ukraine, where it inhabited chalky hillsides overgrown with Allium spp. and Phlomis spp..

The species’ name appears in lists of extinct insects, and it may indeed be extinct, it will be mentioned here for the time being for the sake of completeness.




[1] K. Schönitzer; W. Grünwaldt; F. Gusenleitner; A. Z. Osytshnjuk; J. Schuberth: Klärung von Andrena forsterella, mit Hinweisen zu anderen Arten er Andrena labialis-Gruppe (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Andrenidae) Linzer biologische Beiträge 27(2): 823-850. 1995


edited: 14.11.2021