Alice Springs Fauna •

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

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalictus perditellus European Honey Bee Exoneurella eremophila Golden-browed Resin Bee Lasioglossum (Homalictus) Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)

With many thanks to our mate for directing us to the name of this native bee…

Shiny metallic green, pollen under the abdomen and quite small I’d bee thinking Homalictus…

Source: Gary Taylor

A small bee, no larger then 4 to 5 mm in length, Homalictus urbanus (also known as the Emerald Homalictus), is pictured here on a lotus flower in a fish pond in Alice Springs, NT. You can see the pollen under the abdomen being collected by the bee.

Homalictus urbanus, Alice Springs, NT
Homalictus urbanus, Alice Springs, NT
Slide show of the native bee Homalictus urbanus, on a lotus flower in Alice Springs, NT.

Check out our section on Bees > Homalictus > Homalictus urbanus


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Halictidae
  • Subfamily: Halictinae
  • Genus: Lasioglossum
  • Subgenus: Homalictus
  • Species: Homalictus urbanus
Genus Homalictus, most likely Species Homalictus urbanus, Alice Springs, NT
Homalictus urbanus on a lotus flower in Alice Springs, NT

Footnote & References

  1. Homalictus (Homalictus) urbanus, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:79c7d2fb-f675-47c1-9067-e6af09279bfb
  2. Homalictus (Homalictus) urbanus (Smith, 1879), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/79c7d2fb-f675-47c1-9067-e6af09279bfb

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

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalictus perditellus European Honey Bee Exoneurella eremophila Golden-browed Resin Bee Lasioglossum (Homalictus) Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)

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