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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 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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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Blue banded bee, late season sighting for Albury

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    Sighted 7 Jun 2017
    363 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Blue-banded bee on Pimelea rara

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Ken Walker 2 May 2017
    Amegilla Zonamegilla asserta
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Amegilla Zonamegilla: asserta
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, Blue-banded bee
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  • Luis Mata identified a sighting

    Sighting Apis mellifera on Scaevola calendulacea

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Luis Mata 27 April 2017
    Apis mellifera
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis: mellifera
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, European Honey bee
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  • Luis Mata added a sighting

    Apis mellifera on Scaevola calendulacea

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Tea Tree Track, Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia

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  • Luis Mata identified a sighting

    Sighting Apis mellifera on Scaevola albida

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Luis Mata 27 April 2017
    Apis mellifera
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis: mellifera
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, European Honey bee
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  • Luis Mata added a sighting

    Apis mellifera on Scaevola albida

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Tea Tree Track, Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia

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  • Luis Mata identified a sighting

    Sighting Apis mellifera on Eucalyptus petiolaris

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Luis Mata 27 April 2017
    Apis mellifera
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis: mellifera
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, European Honey bee
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  • Luis Mata added a sighting

    Apis mellifera on Eucalyptus petiolaris

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Tea Tree Track, Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia

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  • Luis Mata added a sighting

    Wasp on Brachyscome multifida

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    Sighted 15 Apr 2017
    Tea Tree Track, Cranbourne VIC 3977, Australia

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