Bees of Canada Logo

Lasioglossum buccale (Pérez, 1903)


Scientific Name: Lasioglossum buccale (Pérez, 1903)

Common Name: Lasioglossum buccale


Halictus buccalis Pérez, 1903: CCXV [♀, ♂].

     Syntypes ♀, ♂. France, Spain [Barcelone] []


Taxonomic notes: This species is a member of the L. clypeare (Schenck, 1853) group (Murao 2021).

DNA Barcode Index Numbers (BINs): BOLD:ADZ4420

Biology: Burger (2020) reported that the relatively long face and mouthparts of this species are possibly an adaptation for the plants it uses.

Distribution in Canada: Sheffield pers. obs. [BC, data in BOLD].

This species is primarily a Palaearctic species, ranging from Europe to Central Asia (Ebmer 2003; Murao et al. 2017). Its presence in North America has only recently been confirmed, recorded from British Columbia, Canada (Sheffield pers. obs, since 2020) and the northwestern United States (Engler et al. 2024).


Burger R (2020) Beobachtungen zum Blütenbesuch und Pollensammeln von Lasioglossum buccale (Pérez 1903) (Hymenoptera: Anthophila). Ampulex 11: 34-40.

Pérez J (1903) Halictus. Actes de la Société linnéenne de Bordeaux 58: CCVIII-CCXVIII.

Murao R, Tadauchi O, Miyanaga R (2017) The bee family Halictidae (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) from Central Asia collected by the Kyushu and Shimane Universities Expeditions. Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e15050.

Engler JD, Gorman M, Cappaert D, Stanton M, Best LR, Jackson AS (2024) Bees of the Pacific Northwest: key to Lasioglossum species for females of the subgenera Hemihalictus, Sphecodogastra, and Evylaeus in Oregon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Version 1, February 2024. Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Sociality: Solitary
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Broad Oligolecty
Wintering Stage: Mated Female

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Linaria vulgaris, Stachys sp., Digitalis purpurea

Distribution: British Columbia
Ecozone: Pacific Maritime, Western Interior Basin

Distribution Map