Sighting

Karen Retra 2 Feb 2017

Unexpected: Lipotriches bee roosting within approx 3cm of dragonfly!

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Sighted 1 Feb 2017
Hume Hwy, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra 2 February 2017
    Lipotriches
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lipotriches
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  • Karen Retra 2 February 2017
    Tagged With surprise!
    Karen Retra says

    I was actually looking for this bee when I saw the dragonfly. The bee* has been observed roosting on this plant on 10 nights since 16 Jan (ie over a 17 night period). When I saw the dragonfly I figured I was unlikely to find the bee that night, but lo and behold, there it was just a few centimetres from the dragonfly's head! Some photos taken 1 Feb evening; others from 2 Feb morning - and the bee had turned around on its stem in the meantime. There was also a male blue-banded bee roosting on the same plant that night - although perhaps 50cm from these two. It was a cool morning, and many insects here were slow off the mark today. But when I checked back on these ones at 9am, the dragonfly was gone and both bees remained. I was somewhat relieved they hadn't become breakfast for this large, stunning dragonfly! A separate listing for the dragonfly is at http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/81043. [ * or a series of single male Lipotriches bees!?! seems less likely? Each night just one bee has been seen, so I presume it is the same one returning, but perhaps not.]

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