Scientific Name: Lasioglossum sablense Gibbs, 2010

Common Name: Sable Island Sweat Bee


Lasioglossum (Dialictus) sablense Gibbs, 2010: 283 [♀,♂‚]

     Holotype ♀. CANADA, Nova Scotia, Sable Island, N43.9319 W059.9985, 8. August 2008, by P.M. Catling [PCYU]


Species Notes

This species is globally restricted to Sable Island, Nova Scotia (Gibbs 2010, 2011). The species name refers to the type locality.

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



♀ body length: 5.80–6.10 mm; head length: 1.51–1.60 mm; head width: 1.56–1.64 mm; forewing length: 4.09–4.39 mm

♂‚ body length: 5.19–6.04 mm; head length: 1.46–1.58 mm; head width: 1.46–1.56 mm; forewing length: 3.72–3.90 mm



Little is known about the biology of this species (described in 2010), though it is likely eusocial like most other Lasioglossum, subgenus Dialictus. Gibbs (2010) indicated that this species was a member of the L. viridatum species-group.



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

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



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

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

Crop Preference: Not Available
Non Crop Preference: Achillea sp., Vaccinium sp., Polygonum sp., Oenothera sp., Moehringia lateriflora

Distribution: Nova Scotia
Ecozone: Atlantic Maritime

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