Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The University of Kansas Science Bulletin

Volume

46

Issue

10

Publication Date

2-1-1966

First Page

359

Last Page

423

Abstract

Lasioglossum zephyrum is a small halictine bee, widely distributed in the United States. In Douglas County, Kansas, aggregations of nests were found in exposed, south-facing banks of streams or in horizontal ground near such banks. Males and females from a population on Tauy Creek had relatively larger heads than those a few miles away along the Wakarusa River. Factors influencing nest distribution in suitable habitats may include visual and chemical attraction to areas where nests have been established. The high rate of mortality of colonies throughout the season apparently was not due to any of the obvious parasites common at the nesting sites.

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