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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.

  • Lek identified a sighting

    Sighting Hoverfly

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    Sighted 4 Jan 2017
    Lek 25 March 2017
    Eristalinus punctulatus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae: Eristalinus punctulatus
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  • Lek identified a sighting

    Sighting Fly on Asteraceae

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    Lek 25 March 2017
    Bombyliidae
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Bombyliidae
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  • Luis Mata identified a sighting

    Sighting Lasioglossum sp. on Wahlenbergia sp.

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    Luis Mata 7 March 2017
    Lasioglossum Chilalictus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lasioglossum Chilalictus
    Luis Mata says

    Thanks Ken Walker for genus (subgenus) ID!

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  • Luis Mata described a sighting

    Sighting Lasioglossum sp. on Wahlenbergia sp.

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    Luis Mata 7 March 2017
    Tagged With thanks!
    Luis Mata says

    Thanks Ken - I have deleted the image with the Megachile and created a new record with it!

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  • Luis Mata identified a sighting

    Sighting Megachile sp. on Wahlenbergia sp.

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    Luis Mata 7 March 2017
    Megachile
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Megachile
    Luis Mata says

    Thanks Ken Walker for genus ID!

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  • Luis Mata added a sighting

    Megachile sp. on Wahlenbergia sp.

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    163 Gatehouse St, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia

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  • Ken Walker described a sighting

    Sighting Lasioglossum sp. on Wahlenbergia sp.

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    Ken Walker 6 March 2017
    Tagged With two species
    Ken Walker says

    These images show two different species across two different families. The main image is a halictine bee Lasioglossum Chilalictus sp. The last image with the red on the end of the abdomen is a Megachile bee.

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  • Tessa Smith identified a sighting

    Sighting Butterfly on Asteraceae

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    Tessa Smith 2 March 2017
    Ocybadistes walkeri sothis
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Ocybadistes: walkeri sothis
    Common Names: Butterfly, Hesperiids, Yellow-banded Dart
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  • Tessa Smith identified a sighting

    Sighting Butterfly on Asteraceae

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    Sighted 21 Feb 2017
    Tessa Smith 2 March 2017
    Ocybadistes walkeri sothis
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Ocybadistes: walkeri sothis
    Common Names: Butterfly, Hesperiids, Yellow-banded Dart
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  • Tessa Smith described a sighting

    Sighting Pieris rapae on Goodenia ovata

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    Sighted 4 Jan 2017
    Tessa Smith 1 March 2017
    Physical Description

    Male

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