Scientific Name: Lasioglossum cattellae (Ellis, 1913)

Common Name: Lasioglossum cattellae


Halictus cattellae Ellis, 1913: 209 [♀,♂‚]

     Holotype ♀. USA, New York, Garrison [UCMC]

Dialictus alternatus Mitchell, 1960: 433 [♂‚] [synonymy by Gibbs 2010: 89]

     Holotype ♂‚. USA, Massachusetts, Forest Hills, 29–30 August 1922, by W.M. Wheeler [MCZ no. 30469]


Species Notes

Grixti and Packer (2006) reported this species from Southern Ontario, but Gibbs (2010) re-examined their specimens and indicated they were incorrectly determined, and were actually L. zephyrum; the earlier records from Ontario by Knerer and Atwood (1962) could not be confirmed (Gibbs 2010).Thus, this species has not yet been recorded for Canada, though Gibbs (2010) indicated that it likley occurs in Ontario and Quebec.

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species is BOLD:AAB6998, which is identical to Lasioglossum tenax, which does occur in Canada.



♀ body length: 4.82–5.86 mm; head length: 1.37–1.49 mm; head width: 1.37–1.51 mm; forewing length: 3.97–4.15 mm

♂‚ body length: 4.33–4.45 mm; head length: 1.32–1.38 mm; head width: 1.30–1.37 mm; forewing length: 3.48–3.54 mm



Little is known about the biology of this species, though it is likely eusocial like most other Lasioglossum, subgenus Dialictus. Gibbs (2010) indicated that this species did not occur in Canada, though will likely be found in Ontario and Quebec.


Extent of Occurrence (EOO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): N/A

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



Ellis MD (1913) Seven new North American bees of the genus Halictus (Hym.). Entomological News 24(5): 205-211.

Gibbs J (2010) Revision of the metallic species of Lasioglossum (Dialictus) in Canada (Hymenoptera, Halictidae, Halictini). Zootaxa 2591: 1-382.

Grixti JC, Packer L (2006) Changes in the bee fauna (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of an old field site in southern Ontario, revisited after 34 years. The Canadian Entomologist, 138(2): 147–164. 

Knerer G, Atwood CE (1962) An annotated check list of the non-parasitic Halictidae (Hymenoptera) of Ontario. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Ontario 92: 160–176.

Mitchell TB (1960) Bees of the Eastern United States. Volume 1. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 141: 1-538.

Sociality: Presumed Eusocial
Nesting: Ground
Pollen Specialization: Polylectic
Wintering Stage: Mated Female

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available