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This bee's nest architecture is described by Sakagami and Michener (1962). From Sakagami and Michener (1962): Nest architecture is Type IIIb: Lateral burrows are very short or absent such that cells are almost attached to the burrow walls at a right angle. The cells are not spatially concentrated in any part of the burrow. Or nest architecture is Type IIIc: Lateral burrows are very short or absent such that cells are almost attached to the burrow wall at a right angle. The cells are clustered against one wall and surrounded by a cavity created by burrowing around the entire cell cluster. Or nest architecture is Type IVb: Lateral burrows are very short or absent such that cells are almost attached to the burrow wall at a right angle. The cells are clustered against one wall and surrounded by a cavity created by burrowing around the entire cell cluster. Cells are facultatively arranged in combs. Nests are known from both flat ground and banks. Nests, but not cells, are re-used by subsequent generations. Nest aggregation information: 70 in 3 square meters; 40-60 in 1.2 square meter. Aggregations may last longer than 35 years. Number of cells in the nest: up to 120. Number of females in the nest: up to 21

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Source: Halictidae

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