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Australian Bees

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There are approximately 2000 species of native bees in Australia. The species themselves, their distributions and floral associations are all of interest. There is still much to learn about the Australian bee fauna.

  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Native? Bee

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    Sighted 17 Nov 2019
    Ken Walker 19 November 2019
    Apis mellifera
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis: mellifera
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, European Honey bee
    Ken Walker says

    Yes -- unfortunately, this site is shutting down. It is no longer delivering data to ALA so I have recommended using iNaturalist as an alternative citizen science website.

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  • JDude described a sighting

    Sighting Native? Bee

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    Sighted 17 Nov 2019
    JDude 17 November 2019
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    JDude says

    I did read that this site is shutting down, but wanted to add this anyway. Might not be a native bee, but looked a bit different to the common European bees.

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  • JDude added a sighting

    Native? Bee

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    Sighted 17 Nov 2019
    Umina, Central Coast, NSW

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  • Kate Sandiford described a sighting

    Sighting Group of unidentified bees resting on a cornflower

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    Sighted 15 Oct 2019
    Kate Sandiford 24 October 2019
    Tagged With bowerbird
    Kate Sandiford says

    Stuart, unfortunately BowerBird is closing down. Many participants are now using iNaturalist as per the recommendation of BowerBird's founder, Ken Walker of Museums Victoria. You are much more likely to get an answer there.

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  • stuart identified a sighting

    Sighting Group of unidentified bees resting on a cornflower

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    Sighted 15 Oct 2019
    stuart 15 October 2019
    Megachile leucopyga
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Megachile: leucopyga
    Common Names: Bees, Megachilids, Megachild bees
    stuart says

    Not sure if this is the correct species. If you think that it could be something else please let me know. Thank you.

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  • stuart added a sighting

    Group of unidentified bees resting on a cornflower

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    Sighted 15 Oct 2019

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  • Claus Rasmussen described a sighting

    Sighting Ctenocolletes nicholsoni (Thanks Terry) Large hairy bee feeding on Scaevola and Grevillea

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    Sighted 23 Jul 2013
    Claus Rasmussen 14 October 2019
    Tagged With wow
    Claus Rasmussen says

    Hello Linda, please do get in touch regarding use of your image: claus.rasmussen@bios.au.dk - thanks, Claus

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  • Michael Batley identified a sighting

    Sighting Unidentified bee

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    Sighted 3 Feb 2019
    Michael Batley 28 June 2019
    Meroglossa punctata
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Meroglossa: punctata
    Common Names: Bees, Colletids, hylaeine colletid bees
    Michael Batley says

    This is the male.

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  • Rose Robin described a sighting

    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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  • Michael Batley described a sighting

    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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