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Lasioglossum (Homalictus)Lasioglossum (Homalictus) on Eucalyptus orbifolia Lasioglossum (Homalictus) dotatum Lasioglossum (Homalictus) urbanum

The subgenus Homalictus, in the genus Lasioglossum, subfamily Halictinae of the family Halictidae are a prevalent group of bees in Australia.

Whilst Homalictus is sometimes regarded to be a full genus, studies have shown that Homalictus is embedded within Lasioglossum, forming a clade with other Australian members of the genus.

A clade in biology, refers to a group of organisms that consists of a common ancestor and all of its descendants. Because clades consist of all the modern descendants of a common ancestor, clades they are considered monophyletic.

At time of writing, the subgenus Lasioglossum (Homalictus) contains over 150 species (refer to iNaturalistAU below)1.

Pictured here is a deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), retrieved from a swimming pool in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT

Check out our information on Lasioglossum (Homalictus) at:

and our section on Bees > Lasioglossum (Homalictus).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Suborder: Apocrita
  • Infraorder: Aculeata
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Epifamily Anthophila
  • Family: Halictidae
  • Subfamily: Halictinae
  • Tribe: Halictini
  • Genus: Lasioglossum
  • Subgenus: Homalictus

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Kit Prendergast, The Buzz on Wild Bees, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/buzzonwildbees/
  2. Homalictus Cockerell, 1919, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/eec58289-a47b-4279-97a9-9e6c4dc32188
  3. Subgenus Homalictus, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/464697-Homalictus

Lasioglossum (Homalictus)Lasioglossum (Homalictus) on Eucalyptus orbifolia Lasioglossum (Homalictus) dotatum Lasioglossum (Homalictus) urbanum

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