Species

Scientific Name: Augochlora pura pura

Taxonomy

The nesting behaviour of this species was studied by Stockhammer (1966) and Barrows (1973). Females excavate nests in decomposing wood (Stockhammer 1966; Barrows 1973). The chemical composition of the waxy brood cell lining was studied by May (1974). Pahlke et al. (2020) reported that the loss of social behaviour in this species has resulted in a reduced investment in neural composition (i.e., mushroon body volume).

 

References

Pahlke S, Seid MA, Jaumann S, Smith A (2020) The loss of sociality Is accompanied by reduced neural investment in mushroom body volume in the sweat bee Augochlora pura (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America https://doi.org/10.1093/aesa/saaa019

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Rotting Wood Excavator

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Vaccinium angustifolium

Distribution: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
Ecozone: Atlantic Maritime, Boreal Shield, Mixwood Plains