Lasioglossum zonulum(garden)

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Habitat
The species shows a preference for woodland rides and sometimes is coastal. Not frequent on calcareous soils.

Flight period
Univoltine. The females fly from early April to October, males from June to September.

Pollen collected
This bee is widely polylectic.

Nesting biology
A solitary mining bee nesting in areas exposed to the sun. The main burrow is almost vertical down to a depth of some 20 cm, where it is widened into a blind ending. Cells are constructed, each at the end of a short lateral burrow, starting at a depth of 10 cm below the ground level. Cells are pyriform with polished walls, and are sealed after being provisioned and an egg laid. The pollen provisioned is frequently yellow. After copulation, the young females hibernate in the maternal nest, lengthening the burrow to 40-50 cm and constructing individual hibernaculae. It has been suggested that the foundress female may live up to two years

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This has been ID’d as Lasioglossum zonulum But to be 100% sure it would need a sample sending in.

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2 thoughts on “Lasioglossum zonulum(garden)

  1. Good afternoon Stephen, been wondering what books you are using for all the idents on your pictures, not critical but interested. Regards,Malcolm Busby

    • Hi Malcom My Id’s are done by entomologists through BWARS etc etc they also have pages on FB like uk bees and wasps , uk beetles uk hoverflies etc etc and the expert entomologists for each of the topics scan the pages and give Id’s some can only go to Lasioglossum sp etc unless you send a sample in for dissection under a microscope … they use the id’s and data for their research and ask you to put your records on to Irecord ….. also the same guys also scan Ispot which is run by the open university … so in short is its not a simple id I post to one of the pages either on FB or Ispot to get the id …
      kind regards
      Stephen

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