African Carder Bee monitoring project

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The African Carder bee (Afranthidium repetitum) was first observed in Australia in 2000 (in Queensland), and was first seen in Sydney in 2008. Our recent bee diversity surveys have found that it is one of the most common bees in community gardens across Sydney. The little data we have suggests that the bee has undergone a massive range expansion and population explosion in only 8 years. At present, there is virtually no data available about the bees current distribution, its behaviour or its ecology. As a first step, we are trying to find out how widespread this little bee actually is and we need your help! If you have a picture of an african carder bee (or a suspected african carder bee) please upload it. For information on how to ID carder bees, please see: