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Species Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) erythrurum (Cockerell, 1914)




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Southern half of Australia, partially in Eyrean and extensively throughout the Bassian provinces.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mallee (MAL), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Pilbara (PIL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Sturt Plateau (STU), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tanami (TAN), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: mellivore, volant.

Larva: sedentary.

Extra Ecological Information

Nest communally in soil, 'soldier' males found in nest, flower visiting records: Acacia Miller [Mimosaceae], Amyema Tieghem [Loranthaceae], Angophora Cav. [Myrtaceae], Anthocercis Labill. [Solanaceae], Aotus Smith [Fabaceae], Atalaya Blume [Sapindaceae], Baeckea L. [Myrtaceae], Boronia Sm. [Rutaceae], Brachychiton Schott & Endl. [Sterculiaceae], Bursaria Cav. [Pittosporaceae], Calytrix Lab. [Myrtaceae], Carpobrotus N.E. Br. [Aizoaceae], Crotalaria L. [Fabaceae], Daviesia Sm. [Fabaceae], Dichopogon Kunth [Liliaceae], Dicrastylis J.L. Drumm. ex Harvey [Verbenaceae], Dillwynia Sm. [Fabaceae], Disphyma N.E.Br. [Aizoaceae], Eremophila R.Br. [Myoporaceae], Eucalyptus L'Hérit. [Myrtaceae], Eucarya T. Mitch. [Santalaceae], Goodenia Sm. [Goodeniaceae], Grevillea R.Br. ex J. Knight [Proteaceae], Heterodendrum Desf. [Sapindaceae], Hibbertia Andrews [Dilleniaceae], Jacksonia Smith [Fabaceae], Leptospermum Forster & G.Forster [Myrtaceae], Leucopogon R.Br. [Epacridaceae], Melaleuca L. [Myrtaceae], Myoporum G.Forster [Myoporaceae], Pittosporum Gaertner [Pittosporaceae], Prostanthera Labill. [Lamiaceae], Pultenaea Sm. [Fabaceae], Santalum L. [Santalaceae], Schinus L. [Anacardiaceae], Senecio L. [Asteraceae], Solanum L. [Solanaceae], Syzygium Gaertner [Myrtaceae], Thryptomene Endl. [Myrtaceae], Tristaniopsis Brongn. & Gris [Myrtaceae], Wahlenbergia Roth [Campanulaceae], Westringia Sm. [Lamiaceae], Xanthorrhoea Sm. [Xanthorrhoeaceae].


General References

Cockerell, T.D.A. 1919. Descriptions and records of bees. LXXXIII. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 9 3: 118-125 [Date published 31/12/1919] (taxonomy)

Cockerell, T.D.A. 1929. Bees, chiefly Australian species, described or determined by Dr. H. Friese. American Museum Novitates 343: 1-20 [Date published 31/12/1929: publication date Cockerell, T.D.A. 1929. Bees in the Australian Museum collection. Records of the Australian Museum 17: 199–243 [211]] (taxonomy)

Hingston, A.B. 1998. Temporal and spatial variation in abundances of native bee species on an altitudinal gradient in southern Tasmania. Australian Journal of Zoology 46: 497-507 [507]

Hingston, A.B. 1999. Affinities between southern Tasmanian plants in native bee visitor profiles. Australian Journal of Zoology 47: 361-384 [382] (flower record)

Houston, T.F. 1970. Discovery of an apparent male soldier caste in a nest of a halictine bee (Hymenoptera: Halictidae), with notes on the nest. Australian Journal of Zoology 18: 345-351 [Date published 31/12/1970] (biology)

Knerer, G. 1980. Evolution of halictine castes. Naturwissenschaften 67: 133-135 [Date published 31/12/1980] (biology)

Knerer, G. & Schwarz, M. 1976. Halictine social evolution: the Australian enigma. Science (Washington, D.C.) 194: 445-448 [Date published 31/12/1976] (biology)

Knerer, G. & Schwarz, M. 1978. Beobachtungen an australischen Furchenbienen (Hymenopteren; Halictinae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 200: 321-333 [Date published 31/12/1978] (biology)

Kukuk, P.F. & Crozier, R.H. 1990. Trophallaxis in a communal halictine bee Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) erythrurum (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 87: 5402-5404 [Date published 31/12/1990] (biology)

Kukuk, P.F. & Schwarz, M. 1987. Intranest behavior of the communal sweat bee Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) erythrurum (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 60: 58-64 [Date published 31/12/1987] (biology)

Kukuk, P.F. & Schwarz, M. 1988. Macrocephalic male bees as functional reproductives and probable guards. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 64: 131-137 [Date published 31/12/1988] (biology)

Michener, C.D. 1960. Notes on the biology and supposed parthenogenesis of halictine bees from the Australian region. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 33: 85-96 [Date published 31/12/1960] (biology)

Michener, C.D. 1965. A classification of the bees of the Australian and South Pacific regions. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 130: 1-362 [Date published 31/12/1965] (flower record)

Morris, B., Southcott, R.V. & Gale, A.E. 1988. Effects of stings of Australian native bees. Medical Journal of Australia 149: 707-709 [Date published 31/12/1988] (as rufotinctum, possibly responsible for allergic response and death of man)

Rayment, T. 1931. Bees in the collections of the Western Australian Museum and the Agricultural Department, Perth. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Western Australia 17: 157-190 [Date published 31/12/1931] (distribution)

Rayment, T. 1953. Bees of the Portland District. Victoria : Portland Field Naturalist's Club 39 pp. [Date published 31/12/1953] (flower record)

Rayment, T. 1955. Dimorphism and parthenogenesis in halictine bees. The Australian Zoologist 12: 142-153 [Date published 31/12/1955] (biology)

Walker, K.L. 1986. Revision of the Australian species of the genus Homalictus Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 47: 105-200 [Date published 31/12/1986] (biology)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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