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Lasioglossum ascheri Gibbs, 2011


Scientific Name: Lasioglossum ascheri Gibbs, 2011

Common Name: Ascher\'\\\'s Sweat Bee


Lasioglossum (Dialictus) ascheri Gibbs, 2011: 57 [♀].

     Holotype ♀. USA, New York, Westchester Co., Pleasantville, Fellows Garden, 27 June 2005, by E. Fetridge, on Oenothera [AMNH].

Lasioglossum (Dialictus) curculum Gibbs, 2011: 80 [♀]. Synonymy by Gardner and Gibbs (2021: 5)

     Holotype ♀. USA, Maryland, Laurel, 20 May 1965, by W.R.M. Mason [CNC].


Taxonomic notes: The ♂ is unknown (Gibbs 2011: 57, 80)

Lasioglossum ascheri Gibbs, 2011 was chosen as the valid name by Gardner and Gibbs (2021: 5) as both were described in the same work (i.e., Gibbs 2011).

Biology: Gibbs (2011: 59) indicated that Lasioglossum ascheri Gibbs, 2011 is likely a social parasite or cleptoparasite of nest-building Lasioglossum (Dialictus) Robertson, 1902.

Distribution in Canada: Gardner and Gibbs 2021 [ON].


Gibbs J (2011) Revision of the metallic Lasioglossum (Dialictus) of eastern North America (Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Halictini). Zootaxa 3073: 1-216.

Gardner J, Gibbs J (2021) New and little-known Canadian Lasioglossum (Dialictus) (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) and an emended key to species. The Canadian Entomologist 154(1), E3.

Sociality: Parasitic
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Not Applicable
Wintering Stage: Mated Female

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Oenothera sp.

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Boreal Shield

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