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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 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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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Fancy fly - Cylindromyia sp.

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    Karen Retra 4 December 2018
    Tagged With oops
    Karen Retra says

    I meant 'identity' rather than 'identify' ... or maybe it should be identi-fly??

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Fancy fly - Cylindromyia sp.

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    Karen Retra 4 December 2018
    Tagged With id?
    Karen Retra says

    Would welcome any assistance as to the identify of this stunning fly, seen in the Swainsona Reserve, West Wodonga.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Fancy fly - Cylindromyia sp.

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    -36.127974, 146.802802

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  • Roch Desmier de Chenon identified a sighting

    Sighting Native bee, Tasman Flax Lily, Halictidae?

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    Roch Desmier de Chenon 21 November 2018
    Lasioglossum Callalictus callomelittinum
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Lasioglossum Callalictus: callomelittinum
    Common Names: Bees, Halictids, halictid bees
    Roch Desmier de Chenon says

    Beautiful halictine bee.

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  • Roch Desmier de Chenon identified a sighting

    Sighting Blue-banded Bee, Grass Trigger Plant

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    Roch Desmier de Chenon 21 November 2018
    Amegilla Notomegilla chlorocyanea
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Amegilla Notomegilla: chlorocyanea
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, Blue-banded bee
    Roch Desmier de Chenon says

    First Amegilla species flying in Victoria.

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  • Bertram Lobert identified a sighting

    Sighting Native bee, Stratbogie Ranges

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    Bertram Lobert 21 November 2018
    Hymenoptera
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera
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  • Bertram Lobert added a sighting

    Native bee, Stratbogie Ranges

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    Sighted 11 Nov 2018
    164 Steens Rd, Boho South VIC 3669, Australia

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