Scientific Name: Lasioglossum furunculum Gibbs, 2011

Common Name: Lasioglossum furunculum


Lasioglossum (Dialictus) furunculum Gibbs, 2011: 98 [♀]

     Holotype ♀. USA, Massachusetts, Franklin Co., Montague WMA, Pt. 108, treated pitch-pine, N42.56767 W072.51897, 5-6 October 2009, by J. Milam [PCYU]


Species Notes

The ♂‚ is unknown. This species was recently reported from Canada by Onuferko et al. (2015). Gibbs (2011) indicated that this could be just an unusual specimen of L. izawsum Gibbs.

The DNA Barcode Index Number (BIN) for this species has not been assigned.



♀ body length: 4.69 mm; head length: 1.35 mm; head width: 1.61 mm; forewing length: 3.63 mm



This species is presumed to be a social parasite or cleptoparasite of nest-building Lasioglossum, subgenus Dialictus. Gibbs (2011) indicated that this species was rare. 


Extent of Occurrence (EOO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): N/A km2

Index of Area of Occupancy (IAO) in Canada (http://geocat.kew.org/): 4 km2



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

Onuferko TM, Kutby R, Richards MH (2015) A list of bee species (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) recorded from three municipalities in the Niagara region of Ontario, including a new record of Lasioglossum furunculum Gibbs (Halictidae) in Canada. Journal of the Entomologcial Society of Ontario 146: 3-22.

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Not Available

Distribution: Ontario
Ecozone: Mixwood Plains

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