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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Halictus ligatus - Ligated Furrow Bee, Halictus (Odontalictus) ligatus

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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 Halictus (Furrow Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Halictus sensu lato)
Species ligatus (Ligated Furrow Bee, Halictus (Odontalictus) ligatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Known to be a species complex, likely to be split further in the future, even after the removal of H. poeyi. The most distinctive "cryptic" forms are Mexican.

Subgenus Odontalictus
Explanation of Names
Halictus ligatus Say 1837
Size
♀ 8-10 mm, ♂ 7-9 mm
Identification
Well-defined basal hair bands, relatively broad apical hair bands; apparently robust head of female with a genal tooth; male antennae pale below tegula.
Best separated from H. poeyi based on range, or DNA sequence data in areas of sympatry.
Range
across NA from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico (map)(1)
Records from Florida and elsewhere on the southeastern coastal plain pertain to H. poeyi, a cryptic sister species of H. ligatus
Season
Most of the year. Most published records from mid-winter are of H. poeyi from Florida, now regarded as a distinct species
Food
Visits flowers of a wide variety of plants [list(1)]
Internet References