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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.

  • Simon Ong identified a sighting

    Sighting Amata sp.

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    Sighted 27 Mar 2018
    Simon Ong 28 April 2018
    Amata
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Amata
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    Amata sp.

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    Sighted 27 Mar 2018
    Unnamed Road, Durack WA 6743, Australia

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  • Simon Ong identified a sighting

    Sighting Gnathothlibus sp.

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    Sighted 20 Mar 2018
    Simon Ong 23 April 2018
    Gnathothlibus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Sphingidae: Gnathothlibus
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  • Simon Ong added a sighting

    Gnathothlibus sp.

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    Sighted 20 Mar 2018
    Florina Rd, Florina NT 0852, Australia

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  • Simon Ong identified a sighting

    Sighting Gnathothlibus sp.

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    Sighted 9 Mar 2018
    Simon Ong 23 April 2018
    Gnathothlibus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Sphingidae: Gnathothlibus
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  • Matthew Connors identified a sighting

    Sighting Hoverfly (sp?) on Twinning silk-pod

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    Sighted 8 Nov 2015
    Matthew Connors 15 April 2018
    Simosyrphus grandicornis grandicornis
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae: Simosyrphus grandicornis: grandicornis
    Common Names: Flies, Syrphids, hover flies
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  • Michael Kealy described a sighting

    Sighting Hoverfly (sp?) on Twinning silk-pod

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    Sighted 8 Nov 2015
    Michael Kealy 15 April 2018
    Michael Kealy says

    Hoverfly (sp?) on Twinning silk-pod (Parsonsia brownii). Note many hoverflies have become entrapped or stuck to the flower - by the tougue? See photos. I'm not sure how or why this has occurred, any explanation would be appreciated. One of these photos shows one of the hoverflies which had become stuck and was still alive, it was clinging to my finger which I held up to demonstrate how it was attached to the flower. There were also European honey bees and an unidentified native bee visiting the flowers, none of these became entrapped. Photos from Novemebr 2015.

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  • Michael Kealy added a sighting

    Hoverfly (sp?) on Twinning silk-pod

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    Sighted 8 Nov 2015
    Quinn Reserve, Mount Evelyn VIC 3796, Australia

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  • Simon Ong identified a sighting

    Sighting Tirumala hamata

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    Sighted 16 Mar 2018
    Simon Ong 13 April 2018
    Tirumala hamata
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Tirumala: hamata
    Common Names: Butterfly, Nymphalids, Blue Tiger Butterfly
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  • Simon Ong added a sighting

    Tirumala hamata

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    Sighted 16 Mar 2018
    405 Dorat Rd, Robin Falls NT 0822, Australia

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