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The Homalictus is a subgenus of the genus Lasioglossum and are found in Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, east across the Pacific to the Mariana Islands, Samoa, Fiji and are in prevalent in Australia. At the time of writing (19 January 2022), Atlas of Living Australia had listed 43 species.

Genus Homalictus, WA © Gary Taylor
Genus Homalictus, WA © Gary Taylor

The tiny Homalictus bees are no more than 8 mm in length, with many sporting metallic coloured glints that vary between species – aqua blue, dark green, golden green and orange.

Genus Homalictus, WA © Gary Taylor
Genus Homalictus, WA © Gary Taylor

Homalictus Bees collect and carry the pollen on soft fine hairs underneath the abdomen, as well as on their hind legs. Whilst Leafcutter Bees and Resin Bees also carry pollen under the abdomen, the pollen is held on stiff straight bristles, and they do not carry pollen on their legs.

Genus Homalictus, most likely Species Homalictus urbanus, Alice Springs, NT
Genus Homalictus, species Homalictus urbanus on a lotus flower in Alice Springs, NT

The Homalictus species of native bees are known to nest in deep burrows in the ground, with the female of some species sharing a single nest burrow in which they lay their eggs.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Halictidae
  • Subfamily: Halictinae
  • Genus: Lasioglossum
  • Subgenus: Homalictus
  • Species: over 150 species
Homalictus dotatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Homalictus dotatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

Footnote & References

  1. Homalictus (Homalictus) Cockerell, 1919 – Classification, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:ea6f8b79-739a-4755-9956-deba92c78baf#classification
  2. Homalictus Bees, Aussie Bee, https://www.aussiebee.com.au/homalictus.html
  3. Homalictus, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homalictus (last visited Jan. 19, 2022)

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