Sighting

Rose Robin 27 Apr 2019

Identifications

  • Rose Robin 27 April 2019
    Megachilidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae
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  • Tobias Smith 30 April 2019
    Lithurgus Lithurge atratus
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Lithurgus Lithurge: atratus
    Common Names: Bees, Megachilids, Megachild bees
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Notes

  • Rose Robin 22 June 2019
    Rose Robin says

    Wow, thank you Michael - great to know! Pretty sure I've seen those flowers on a nearby property.

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  • Rose Robin 30 April 2019
    Rose Robin says

    Thank you Tobias! Do you know what that is on the bee's back? I'm really hoping it was just that s/he had picked up some rotting vege scraps crawling through a new no-dig veggie patch (where the bee was photographed), but could it be mites or something similar? It looks like whatever it isn is encrusted there. I can only find information about mites on bee larvae so I'm hoping it's not. Does anyone have any ideas?

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  • Michael Batley 21 June 2019
    Tagged With pollen hibiscus
    Michael Batley says

    The final photo shows separate spherical objects on the wing and leg that I believe are pollen grains. Lithurgus species specialise in visiting flowers that have very large pollen grains and are found mostly on flowers in the family Malvaceae. One plant species with purple pollen is the native rosella, Hibiscus heterophyllus, which is present on Mt Tamborine. So I think that all the purple stuff is pollen.

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