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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 described a sighting

    Sighting Trichocolletes bee on Thryptomene

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    Sighted 30 Jul 2017
    Karen Retra 2 August 2017
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    Karen Retra says

    Thanks Ken, and also to Michael, for having a look and the feedback.

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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Lasioglossum on Thryptomene

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    Sighted 30 Jul 2017
    Ken Walker 2 August 2017
    Lasioglossum Chilalictus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lasioglossum Chilalictus
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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Trichocolletes bee on Thryptomene

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    Sighted 30 Jul 2017
    Ken Walker 2 August 2017
    Trichocolletes
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Trichocolletes
    Ken Walker says

    I asked Michael Batley for a species determination and he replied: "I believe it is T. orientalis, but it might be T. tenuiculus. They are hard to separate without dissection and have similar distributions."

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Trichocolletes bee on Thryptomene

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    Sighted 30 Jul 2017
    Karen Retra 2 August 2017
    Tagged With flower visitation
    Karen Retra says

    Don't think I've previously observed Trichocolletes bees on Thryptomene here. There were many Trichocolletes busy on the nearby Hardenbergia too, but this one spent at least 15 minutes enjoying these flowers.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Trichocolletes bee on Thryptomene

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    Sighted 30 Jul 2017
    358 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Lasioglossum on Thryptomene

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    Sighted 30 Jul 2017
    Karen Retra 2 August 2017
    Karen Retra says

    This thryptomene has been flowering for some time, but to date had mostly noticed flies on the flowers. On this sunny but cool day, both Lasioglossum and Trichocolletes bees also observed on the flowers. This bee was mostly 'walking' between flowers, rarely flying. In the past they have been keen visitors to the nearby Euryops, which is also flowering, but none seen there this time.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Lasioglossum on Thryptomene

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    Sighted 30 Jul 2017
    358 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting First Trichocolletes of the season, Albury

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    Sighted 29 Jul 2017
    Karen Retra 1 August 2017
    Karen Retra says

    First sighting here for Trichocolletes this season. On Hardenbergia, weather cool but sunny. They could have been out the previous day, as weather was similar but I was elsewhere. Slightly earlier than last year (string of 'first' observations now reads 19/8/14; 11/8/15; 2/8/16; and this 29/7/17). Saw both males and females (more males than female, I think - and would expect). Often dashing between flowers and apparently chasing each other. Also some resting on stems or leaves.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    First Trichocolletes of the season, Albury

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    Sighted 29 Jul 2017
    363 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Blue banded bee, late season sighting for Albury

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    Sighted 7 Jun 2017
    Karen Retra 9 June 2017
    Karen Retra says

    This male seen visiting flowers in my garden in the winter sunshine, particularly salvias. It spent quite a bit of time resting on stems between flower visits and flights. Have tried to find where he spends the night but no luck. I don't have any previous records of blue banded bees here in June (although admittedly 30 May was my previous 'late' record, so only an extension of about a week). Nor are there many June records for Vic/Southern NSW on ALA. I guess this is likely to be the same male I observed on June 3rd in the same location. My last sighting of a female Amegilla this season was on May 18th. The weather forecast is for more frosty nights and cool but sunny days, so wonder if I'll see him again.

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