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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 Native bee

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    Sighted 14 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 5 February 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 Native masked bee

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    Sighted 14 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 5 February 2017
    Hylaeus Macrohylaeus alcyoneus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Hylaeus Macrohylaeus: alcyoneus
    Common Names: Bees, Colletids, hylaeine colletid bees
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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Vespidae Eumeninae

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    Sighted 18 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 5 February 2017
    Vespidae
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae
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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Blue banded bee?

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    Sighted 19 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 5 February 2017
    Amegilla Zonamegilla
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Amegilla Zonamegilla
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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Blue banded bee?

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    Sighted 19 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 5 February 2017
    Amegilla Zonamegilla
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Amegilla Zonamegilla
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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Native bee on Dasypogon

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    Sighted 21 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 5 February 2017
    Megachile
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Megachilidae: Megachile
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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Wasp

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    Sighted 20 Nov 2016
    Ken Walker 5 February 2017
    Crabronidae
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Crabronidae
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  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Unexpected: Lipotriches bee roosting within approx 3cm of dragonfly!

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    Sighted 1 Feb 2017
    Karen Retra 2 February 2017
    Lipotriches
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lipotriches
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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Unexpected: Lipotriches bee roosting within approx 3cm of dragonfly!

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    Sighted 1 Feb 2017
    Karen Retra 2 February 2017
    Tagged With surprise!
    Karen Retra says

    I was actually looking for this bee when I saw the dragonfly. The bee* has been observed roosting on this plant on 10 nights since 16 Jan (ie over a 17 night period). When I saw the dragonfly I figured I was unlikely to find the bee that night, but lo and behold, there it was just a few centimetres from the dragonfly's head! Some photos taken 1 Feb evening; others from 2 Feb morning - and the bee had turned around on its stem in the meantime. There was also a male blue-banded bee roosting on the same plant that night - although perhaps 50cm from these two. It was a cool morning, and many insects here were slow off the mark today. But when I checked back on these ones at 9am, the dragonfly was gone and both bees remained. I was somewhat relieved they hadn't become breakfast for this large, stunning dragonfly! A separate listing for the dragonfly is at http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/81043. [ * or a series of single male Lipotriches bees!?! seems less likely? Each night just one bee has been seen, so I presume it is the same one returning, but perhaps not.]

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Unexpected: Lipotriches bee roosting within approx 3cm of dragonfly!

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    Sighted 1 Feb 2017
    Hume Hwy, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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