The Canadian Entomologist


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

Michael S. Engela1 c1 and S. Bruce Archibalda2

a1 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

a2 Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States 02138


A fossil halictine bee from Early Eocene, Okanagan Highlands deposits of Quilchena, British Columbia, Canada, is described and figured. Halictus? savenyei sp.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? savenyei sp.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.

[Traduit par la Rédaction]

(Received May 22 2002)

(Accepted September 18 2002)


c1 Corresponding author.