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Genus Halictus - Furrow Bees

7009802 bee - Halictus ligatus - male Bee - Halictus parallelus - female ID for a bee on Strawflowers? - Halictus poeyi - female Bee #1 on dandelion - Halictus Ligated Swat Bee - Halictus ligatus? - Halictus ligatus Bee 6800-6801 - Halictus ligatus Sweat bee ? - Halictus Scoliid wasp? - Halictus parallelus
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 Halictus (Furrow Bees)
10 spp. in 5 subgenera in our area, ~200 spp. in 18 subgenera worldwide(1)
Subgenera in our area:
Nealictus: 2 spp., both in our area(1)
Odontalictus: 2 spp., both in our area(1)
Pachyceble: 4 spp. in our area, 22 spp. worldwide/total(1)
Protohalictus: a single species in our area, 14 spp. worldwide/total(1)
Vestitohalictus: a single species in our area, 15 spp. worldwide/total(1)
The hair bands are apical, not basal (like many Andrena, but unlike most Lasioglossum). Wing veins all strong (versus one or more apical crossveins conspicuously weak in Lasioglossum females).
Key to northwestern spp. in(2)









much of the world but absent is Australasia (1 introduced sp.) and poorly represented in SE. Asia and S. America (map); in our area, all 10 spp. occur in the US, 7 in Canada(1)
general; particularly numerous in sandy areas
Early spring-late fall; all year in Florida and south Texas
Most Lasioglossum species were described in Halictus when this was defined much more broadly to include most non-parasitic Halictini.
Many species are eusocial with groups ranging from 2-4 to >200 females.