Ascher helped to collect and curate specimens of some of the new species. He leads the Digital Bee Collections Network, a collaborative project that serves as the online clearinghouse for information about the world's bee species.
The 11 new bees also include Lasioglossum ascheri, which was classified from just two specimens found in Westchester and Suffolk counties; L. katherinae from Brooklyn and Nassau County; Lasioglossum rozeni from Suffolk County; and L. georgeickworti from Queens and Nassau and Suffolk counties.
"It's remarkable that so many bees are able to live in such a major urban area," Jason Gibbs, author of the journal paper and a Cornell Univeristy researcher, was quoted as saying. "Natural areas like urban parks and rooftop and botanical gardens provide the nesting sites and floral diversity that bees need. This little bee (Gotham Bee) has been quietly living in the city, pollinating flowers in people's gardens for years. It's a pleasure to help give it some well-deserved recognition."