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Alison 29 Jan 2014

Hylaeus Hylaeorhiza nubilosus

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Sighted 29 Jan 2014
5 Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Research VIC 3095, Australia

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  • Ken Walker 29 January 2014
    Hylaeus Hylaeorhiza nubilosus
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Hylaeus Hylaeorhiza: nubilosus
    Common Names: Bees, Colletids, hylaeine colletid bees
    Ken Walker says

    Hi Alison. This is a Colletid bee (Hylaeus) rather than a Halictid bee (ie. Homalictus). Notice the complete lack of pollen carrying hairs on the body and in particular on the hind legs where most bees carry pollen. These bees as well as the Euryglossine bees carry their pollen only internally in the first segment of the stomach called the crop. They are unique amongst the bee world and are considered to be the among the most primitive of bees. You can see lots of images and information about this species on my PaDIL bee page at: http://www.padil.gov.au/pollinators/Pest/Main/139550 (Click on the tool bar icon "Specimens" to see a distribution map.)

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Notes

  • Alison 29 January 2014
    General Details

    A tiny bee (the first image shows a european bee in the background for scale) on mint flowers. Distinctive yellow markings on thorax and white pattern on face.

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