Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Lasioglossum (Homalictus) urbanum (Smith, 1879)




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

Extra Distribution Information

Tenimbar, Loyalty Ils, "Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Lord Howe Is." Jennings & Austin 2015).

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Central Arnhem (CA), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), 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), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), 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), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), 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), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)

Other Regions

Lord Howe Island terrestrial & freshwater

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: mellivore, volant.

Larva: sedentary.

Extra Ecological Information

Nest gregariously and communally in soil, flower visiting record: Acacia Miller [Mimosaceae], Alphitonia Reisseck ex Endl. [Rhamnaceae], Amyema Tieghem [Loranthaceae], Angophora Cav. [Myrtaceae], Arctotheca Wendl. [Asteraceae], Atalaya Blume [Sapindaceae], Boronia Sm. [Rutaceae], Brachychiton Schott & Endl. [Sterculiaceae], Bursaria Cav. [Pittosporaceae], Calandrinia Kunth [Portulacaceae], Callistemon R.Br. [Myrtaceae], Calothamnus Lab. [Myrtaceae], Cassia L. [Caesalpiniaceae], Daviesia Sm. [Fabaceae], Eucalyptus L'Hérit. [Myrtaceae], Frankenia L. [Frankeniaceae], Goodenia Sm. [Goodeniaceae], Hakea Schrader [Proteaceae], Helipterum DC. [Asteraceae], Heterodendrum Desf. [Sapindaceae], Hibbertia Andrews [Dilleniaceae], Hypochaeris L. [Asteraceae], Jacksonia Smith [Fabaceae], Leptospermum Forster & G.Forster [Myrtaceae], Lomatia R.Br. [Proteaceae], Melaleuca L. [Myrtaceae], Morgania R.Br. [Scrophulariaceae], Persoonia Sm. [Proteaceae], Pimelea Gaertner [Thymelaeaceae], Pittosporum Gaertner [Pittosporaceae], Scaevola L. [Goodeniaceae], Swainsona Salisb. [Fabaceae], Terminalia L. [Combretaceae], Trachymene Rudge [Apiaceae], Veronica L. [Scrophulariaceae], Wahlenbergia Roth [Campanulaceae].


General References

Bernhardt, P. & Weston, P.H. 1996. The pollination ecology of Persoonia (Proteaceae) in eastern Australia. Telopea 6(4): 775-804 [789] (flower record)

Dollin, A., Batley, M., Robinson, M. & Faulkner, B. 2000. Native Bees of the Sydney Region. A Field Guide. North Richmond, NSW : Australian Native Bee Research Centre 70 pp. [39] (biology)

Keighery, G.J. 1975. Parallel evolution of floral structures in Darwinia (Myrtaceae) and Pimelea (Thymeleaceae). Western Australian Naturalist 13: 46-50 [Date published 31/12/1975] (flower record)

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 records, as Homalictus urbanus (Smith, 1879), Homalictus suburbanus (Cockerell, 1930))

Rayment, T. 1935. A Cluster of Bees. Sixty essays on the life-histories of Australian bees, with specific descriptions of over 100 new species, and an introduction by Professor E.F. Phillips, D.Ph., Cornell University, U.S.A. Sydney : Endeavour Press. 752 pp. (flower record)

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] (redescription)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
26-Jun-2023 APIFORMES 10-Mar-2023 MODIFIED Dr Ken Walker (NMV)
22-Oct-2015 18-Mar-2015 MODIFIED
07-Aug-2012 23-Jul-2012 MODIFIED
29-Mar-2010 MODIFIED