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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.

  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Megachile aurifrons

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    Sighted 1 Feb 2019
    Ken Walker 4 February 2019
    Megachile aurifrons
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Megachile: aurifrons
    Common Names: Bees, Megachilids, Megachild bees
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  • John Eichler described a sighting

    Sighting Megachile aurifrons

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    Sighted 1 Feb 2019
    John Eichler 2 February 2019
    Tagged With megachile aurifrons?
    John Eichler says

    Possibly Megachile aurifrons, which based on ALA records is widely distribution in Australia, including NW WA

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  • Simon Ong added a sighting

    Megachile aurifrons

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    Sighted 1 Feb 2019

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  • Simon Ong identified a sighting

    Sighting Megachile sp.

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    Sighted 12 Mar 2018
    Simon Ong 21 January 2019
    Megachile
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Megachile
    Simon Ong says

    ID by Terry Houston and Ken Walker.

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  • Simon Ong identified a sighting

    Sighting Unknown roosting Lipotriches

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    Sighted 15 Jan 2019
    Simon Ong 21 January 2019
    Lipotriches
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lipotriches
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  • Simon Ong described a sighting

    Sighting Unknown roosting Lipotriches

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    Sighted 15 Jan 2019
    Simon Ong 15 January 2019
    Tagged With red patch
    Simon Ong says

    Unusual red patches on thorax.

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  • Simon Ong added a sighting

    Unknown roosting Lipotriches

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    Sighted 15 Jan 2019

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Fancy fly - Cylindromyia sp.

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    Karen Retra 6 December 2018
    Tagged With thanks!
    Karen Retra says

    Appreciate your lead, John Eichler, and clarification (and reference!), Tony D. That's awesome. Big thanks to you both - I had no idea where to go with this.

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  • Tony D. identified a sighting

    Sighting Fancy fly - Cylindromyia sp.

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    Tony D. 6 December 2018
    Cylindromyia
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Tachinidae: Cylindromyia
    Tony D. says

    It looks to be a female from the bimaculata species group as presented by Cantrell (1984). The species included here are ampla, angustissimifrons, bigoti, bimaculata, expansa, rieki, and unguiculata. According to the review females, especially of this group, are difficult to separate and usually require a specimen in hand to separate in the key.

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  • John Eichler described a sighting

    Sighting Fancy fly - Cylindromyia sp.

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    John Eichler 4 December 2018
    Tagged With tachinid
    John Eichler says

    I think this is a Tachinid Fly. It looks the same as http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/7607 - hopefully someone with more knowledge will confirm or correct.

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