Definition of Psithyrus
1. Noun. A large bee that resembles the bumblebee but lacks pollen-collecting apparatus and a worker caste.
Generic synonyms: Arthropod Genus
Group relationships: Apidae, Family Apidae
Member holonyms: Cuckoo-bumblebee
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Psithyrus
Literary usage of Psithyrus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1919)
"The psithyrus kills the Bombus queen before she has laid the full number of ... Their eggs would, of course, produce males, but the psithyrus devours them. ..."
2. The Cambridge Natural History by Arthur Everett Shipley, Sidney Frederic Harmer (1899)
"The psithyrus was much less industrious than the Bomhus, and only left the nest somewhat before noon, returning home again towards evening; after about a ..."
3. The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine by Nathaniel Lloyd and Company (1899)
"It is necessary to know the life-history of psithyrus to understand this. The female psithyrus, on finding a nest of its host in a suitable stage of ..."
4. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1899)
"In Delia Torre's classification, as above stated, psithyrus follows Bombus ... I would give psithyrus the same position, but put both in the same subfamily. ..."