HomalictusHomalictus dotatus Homalictus urbanus

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

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

Source: Gary Taylor

Pictured here belonging to the genus Homalictus, is the species Homalictus urbanus, also known as the Emerald Homalictus. A small bee, no larger then 4 to 5 mm in length, this bee can be found collecting pollen under the abdomen, as seen here in the lotus flower.

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

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Halictidae
  • Subfamily: Halictinae
  • Genus: Lasioglossum
  • Subgenus: Homalictus
  • Species: Homalictus urbanus

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. Native urbanus halictid bee, Australian Pollinators, PaDIL, https://www.padil.gov.au/pollinators/pest/main/138385/18559
  3. Homalictus Bees (Homalictus), Aussie Bees, https://www.aussiebee.com.au/homalictus.html

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HomalictusHomalictus dotatus Homalictus urbanus