Lasioglossum laeve Kirby,1802

Distribution

This bee is thought to be long extinct in Britain, being known only from Barham and Nacton, East Suffolk, over 200 years ago.

Abroad, it is known widely but scarcely through central and southern Europe, and western Asia.

Status (in Britain only)

Listed in the Appendix (not recorded since 1900) of both Shirt (1987) and Falk (1991).

Habitat

It is thought that the British habitats were sandy, heathy situations.

Flight period

A British flight period cannot be given but abroad females are reported from April until early August and males from August to September.

Pollen collected

British pollen sources are unknown but abroad wild carrot, chicory, dandelion, a hawkbit and devil’s-bit scabious have been reported.

Nesting biology

The nesting biology has apparently not been documented, either in Britain or abroad.

Flowers visited

In addition to the above listed pollen sources, the bees have been found abroad on hoary cress, goat’s-beard, Cambridge milk-parsley and a hawkweed.

Parasites

No data available.

Author of profile

G W Allen.

Year profile last updated

2016