Species

Scientific Name: Lasioglossum aberrans (Crawford, 1903)

Common Name: Lasioglossum aberrans

Taxonomy

Halictus aberrans Crawford, 1903: 336 [♀]

     Neotype ♀ [designated by McGinley 2003: 23]. USA, Nebraska, Sioux County, May [no year provided], by L. Bruner [University of Nebraska]

Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) abberans Linsley and MacSwain, 1962: 45 [misspelling]

 

Species Notes

The orginal syntype series of three specimens [USA, Sioux Co., Nebr., June 3, on Symphoricarpos; Crawford, Nebr., July 28, on Cleome; Manitou, Colorado] is presummed lost, so McGinley (2003) selected the neotype from Nebraska.

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:ADC7607.

 

Biology

Like other Sphecodogastra s. str. (Linsley and MacSwain 1972; McGinley 2003), this species is an oligolege of Oenothera (Onagraceae). Bohart and Youssef (1976) indicated that this species generally nests in more mesic and highland surroundings, on brush-covered slopes, or in open woodlands.

 

Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): 160 km2

 

Distributional Notes

This species was was recorded in Canada by:

Crawford 1912 [AB]

McGinley 2003 [AB, SK, MB].

 

References

Bohart GE, Youssef NN (1976) The biology and behavior of Evylaeus galpinsiae Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Wasmann Journal of Biology 34: 185-234.

Crawford JC (1903) Some Nebraska bees. The Canadian Entomologist 35(12): 334-336. https://doi.org/10.4039/Ent35334-12

Crawford JC (1912) Notes on some Canadian bees. The Canadian Entomologist 44(12): 359-360. https://doi.org/10.4039/Ent44359-12

Linsley EG, MacSwain JW (1962) A new species of Sphecodogastra associated with Oenothera in eastern Utah, New Mexico and western Texas. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 38(1):45-47.

McGinley RJ (2003) Studies of Halictinae (Apoidea: Halictidae), II: Revision of Sphecodogastra Ashmead, floral specialists of Onagraceae. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 610: 1–55.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Broad Oligolecty
Wintering Stage: Adult

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Clarkia sp., Camissonia sp., Oenothera sp., Oenothera suffrutescens, Clarkia pulchella, Oenothera elata, Oenothera villosa

Distribution: Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Ecozone: Prairie

Distribution Map