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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.

  • Tobias Smith identified a sighting

    Sighting Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) nubilosellus excavating nest

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    Sighted 12 Dec 2017
    Tobias Smith 15 December 2017
    Amphylaeus Agogenohylaeus nubilosellus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Amphylaeus Agogenohylaeus: nubilosellus
    Common Names: Bees, Colletids, hylaeine colletid bees
    Tobias Smith says

    This female started excavating her nest a 5pm in the afternoon. By 10pm, her body was fully inside the stem. By 9am the following morning the holes was approximately 1.5cm deep. This is a recently dried lantana stem (taken dead and bundled to Armidale from the coast).

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  • Tobias Smith added a sighting

    Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) nubilosellus excavating nest

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    Sighted 12 Dec 2017
    14-16 Merinda Pl, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia

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  • Marc Newman described a sighting

    Sighting Hylaeine bee

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    Sighted 5 Jun 2010
    Marc Newman 15 December 2017
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    Marc Newman says

    Noted thanks Ken. This was an old photo as you can see and I haven't got any record of it since. I'll keep an eye open for it.

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  • Ken Walker described a sighting

    Sighting Hylaeine bee

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    Sighted 5 Jun 2010
    Ken Walker 15 December 2017
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    Ken Walker says

    Hi Marc -- I contact the hylaeine expert, Dr Terry Houston, and asked him for an ID. Here is his reply: "The bee’s face marks are intermediate between those of M. itamuca and M. sulcifrons. So, I’m stumped! Encourage the photographer (Marc Newman) to nab some specimens if he can."

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  • Linda Rogan described a sighting

    Sighting First Amegilla males (3) roosting in my garden this season (2nd season for roosting here)

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    Sighted 12 Dec 2017
    Linda Rogan 15 December 2017
    Tagged With zonamegilla
    Linda Rogan says

    Thanks for your comments Roch. I will try to get better photos tonight and I suspect there are two species. Certainly there are 2 quite gray coloured and 2 quite red-brown but will get both front and back tonight.

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  • Marc Newman described a sighting

    Sighting Hylaeine bee

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    Sighted 5 Jun 2010
    Marc Newman 14 December 2017
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    Marc Newman says

    Thanks Ken. PaDIL has a different face marking for the male and it looks cream coloured not white as in this one.???

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  • Roch Desmier de Chenon identified a sighting

    Sighting First Amegilla males (3) roosting in my garden this season (2nd season for roosting here)

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    Sighted 12 Dec 2017
    Roch Desmier de Chenon 14 December 2017
    Amegilla Notomegilla chlorocyanea
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Amegilla Notomegilla: chlorocyanea
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, Blue-banded bee
    Roch Desmier de Chenon says

    Male photo fascial head might be N. chlorocyanea but other male with another male looks like Zonamegilla asserta. May be two species together. For better confirmation necessary to take photos not only in front but also the dorsal part of the last tergites for presence or not of a notch in the last band. I have seen you have the two species in yr garden and the two species have to be identified carefully.

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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Lasioglossum Chilalictus, thanks Ken, on Goodenia ovata

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    Sighted 12 Dec 2017
    Ken Walker 14 December 2017
    Lasioglossum Chilalictus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lasioglossum Chilalictus
    Ken Walker says

    This is not L. bicingulatum but I cannot distinguish which species it is out the almost 30 species recorded from Melbourne.

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  • Roch Desmier de Chenon identified a sighting

    Sighting Megachile sealing around brown plug with green plant material

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    Sighted 12 Dec 2017
    Roch Desmier de Chenon 14 December 2017
    Megachile ferox
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Megachile: ferox
    Common Names: Bees, Megachilids, Megachild bees
    Roch Desmier de Chenon says

    Excellent photos of Hackeriaspis ferox sealing nest with round green plant material. Additional photos for the behaviour of this species. Congratulations.

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  • Linda Rogan added a sighting

    Megachile sealing around brown plug with green plant material

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    Sighted 12 Dec 2017
    16 Marden Dr, Briar Hill VIC 3088, Australia

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