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Wild Pollinator Count

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The Wild Pollinator Count is a citizen science project that gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild insect pollinator conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a picture of wild pollinator activity. We welcome contributions to this Bowerbird project group of sightings of insect pollinators (or potential pollinators!), including outside our "count weeks". Australia has lots of wild insect pollinators that are often overlooked. European honey bees get a lot of attention because they are an adaptable, generalist forager, which means they are happy to visit almost any flower, in most climate zones. They are also a social species, so their hives are easy to domesticate and manage. However, many native insects also contribute to pollination in crops and gardens all around the country. We still need to do a lot of research to identify all our insect pollinator species, understand their ecology and how they are affected by human activities. So far, we know that Australia has around 2,000 native bee species, all of which are important pollinators. We also know there are a couple of thousand butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information on the ecology of many of these insects, what flowers they pollinate, or where they are found.

  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Another worn Tailed Emperor butterfly

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    Sighted 17 Apr 2017
    Karen Retra 16 April 2017
    Charaxes sempronius
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Charaxes: sempronius
    Common Names: Butterfly, Nymphalids, Leafwing, no common name
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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Another worn Tailed Emperor butterfly

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    Sighted 17 Apr 2017
    Karen Retra 16 April 2017
    Tagged With worn
    Karen Retra says

    Sighted on the road yesterday evening. Relocated it to some foliage overnight and is still there this morning. Unsure if it can fly. Wings missing significant sections, so from these angles can see parts of both upperside and underside patterning. 'Tails' missing.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Another worn Tailed Emperor butterfly

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    Sighted 17 Apr 2017
    358A Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Native bee on Goodenia ovata

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    Sighted 2 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 12 April 2017
    Lasioglossum Chilalictus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lasioglossum Chilalictus
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  • Reiner Richter identified a sighting

    Sighting Coccinella transversalis on Foeniculum vulgare

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    Sighted 21 Jan 2017
    Reiner Richter 11 April 2017
    Coccinella transversalis
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Coccinellidae: Coccinella: transversalis
    Common Names: Beetles, Coccinellids, Transverse Ladybird
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  • Rog Standen described a sighting

    Sighting Coccinella transversalis on Foeniculum vulgare

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    Sighted 21 Jan 2017
    Rog Standen 11 April 2017
    Rog Standen says

    I suspect this is Coccinella transversalis. Check out this site for starters on these small beetles. <http://www.ento.csiro.au/biology/ladybirds/imageGallery.php?pageNo=2> . Then you can go to <http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:0d5e73dd-c29e-4dad-bb26-fbb6f2437eb1#overview> to check more of that species.

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  • Rog Standen identified a sighting

    Sighting Blue butterfly on Olearia lirata

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    Sighted 1 Mar 2017
    Rog Standen 11 April 2017
    Zizina otis
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Zizina: otis
    Common Names: Butterfly, Lycaenids, Lesser Grass Blue
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  • Rog Standen described a sighting

    Sighting Fly on Olearia lirata

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    Sighted 1 Mar 2017
    Rog Standen 11 April 2017
    Tagged With phasia? tachinid
    Rog Standen says

    Looks like a Tachinid fly that I have seen that was a Phasia sp, but I am not positive.

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  • Matthew Connors identified a sighting

    Sighting Sphaerophoria macrogaster on blue flower

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    Sighted 2 Nov 2016
    Matthew Connors 11 April 2017
    Sphaerophoria macrogaster macrogaster
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae: Sphaerophoria macrogaster: macrogaster
    Common Names: Flies, Syrphids, hover flies
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  • Matthew Connors identified a sighting

    Sighting Hoverfly on Xerochrysum bracteatum

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    Sighted 2 Nov 2016
    Matthew Connors 11 April 2017
    Melangyna viridiceps
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae: Melangyna viridiceps
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