LasioglossumLasioglossum (Australictus) peraustrale Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) brunnesetum Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) willsi Lasioglossum willsi – flowers

Photographs by Marc Newman

The genus Lasioglossum are a large and globally widespread genus, that are found across a range of environmental and ecological niches. Whilst they are not perceived as effective pollinators in the commercial world, this view is changing, as the Lasioglossum species are known to not only visit many different flowering plants, but they are known to nest in close aggregations, meaning that they may exist in an area in large numbers.2

Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) willsi, Amiens QLD © Marc Newman
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) willsi on Ozothamnus obcordatus, Amiens QLD © Marc Newman

In some of the photographs, you can see the Lasioglossum bees as they visit flowers, pick up dry pollen on their hairy bodies including their back and hind legs. Dry pollen is known to easily transfer to other flowers, that in itself help plants with pollination required for the development of seeds and fruit.

Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) willsi on Wahlenbergia, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) willsi on Wahlenbergia, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

The genus Lasioglossum nest in deep burrows that they create in the ground. Whilst it is not known whether they use existing burrows, or burrows from previous years, they are found to nest in areas of natural vegetation, especially near their flower plants.

Lasioglossum (Australictus) peraustrale, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman
Lasioglossum (Australictus) peraustrale, Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Family: Halictidae
  • Subfamily: Halictinae
  • Genus: Lasioglossum

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs © Marc Newman, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/koolbee/albums
  2. Lasioglossum bees – the forgotten pollinators, Nelson, Warrick & Howlett, Brad & Evans, Lisa & Donovan, Barry. (2022). Lasioglossum bees – the forgotten pollinators. Journal of Apicultural Research. 10.1080/00218839.2022.2028966, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/358444855_Lasioglossum_bees_-_the_forgotten_pollinators

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