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Genus Lasioglossum

Bee in columbine - Lasioglossum Halictus confusus? - Lasioglossum - female female bee - Lasioglossum sisymbrii Small Gold / Orange Bee - Lasioglossum vierecki Small bee - Lasioglossum sp.? - Lasioglossum 6017023 dialictus - Lasioglossum - female Wasp - Lasioglossum nigroviride - male Lasioglossum or Sphecodes? - Lasioglossum zephyrum - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Halictidae (Sweat Bees)
Subfamily Halictinae
Tribe Halictini
Genus Lasioglossum
Explanation of Names
Lasioglossum Curtis 1833
Numbers
~290 spp. in 5 subgenera in our area, ~1760 spp. in 24 subgenera worldwide(1)
Subgenus not yet in the guide: Hemihalictus: (monotypic, e. US to ND-NM)(1)
Size
2-8 mm
Identification
Slender, tiny to medium bees, dusky black, dull green or blue , with bands of hair on their abdomen . Some have a red abdomen (Michener 1994). They differ from Halictus by the location of hair bands on the segments of their abdomen. Lasioglossum has bands of hair on the innermost portion of each segment, whereas Halictus has bands of hair on the outermost portion of each segment (apical).

Identifying Lasioglossum to species is difficult because they look similar. Often the differences between species is the density of punctuations on the thorax and the surface texture between the punctuations. (2)
Range
worldwide (map)(1)
Food
They forage on a wide variety of flowers for pollen and nectar, they are generalists.
Life Cycle
Male and female
Female in nest
Remarks
Some are cleptoparasites, some are nocturnal and some are oligolectic. They range from solitary to communal, semi-social and primitively eusocial.
They are very common at flowers, but usually not noticed because of their small size.