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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 My first sighting of a roosting Blue-banded Bee this season, Albury

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    Sighted 2 Oct 2017
    Karen Retra 6 October 2017
    Karen Retra says

    Blue-banded bees seen on flowers from 26th of September here in Albury (across a number of locations). That's my earliest sighting of them in 6 years (since taking notes of them!). Could be related to a sudden warm spell around this time? Initially I observed just single bees (intriguingly, mostly females) but now seeing 4 or more at once per plant. Westringia, lavender, bluebells the most frequently visited flowers (by BBBs) at present. These bees are usually fond of Dianella, but as yet there aren't many flowering around here. I spotted this female on Dianella stems on the evening of October 2nd. Perhaps she was newly emerged and hadn't begun to create a nest? She didn't return the next night.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    My first sighting of a roosting Blue-banded Bee this season, Albury

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    Sighted 2 Oct 2017
    358 Amatex St, East Albury NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Simon Ong described a sighting

    Sighting Lipotriches sp.

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    Sighted 16 Sep 2017
    Simon Ong 2 October 2017
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    Simon Ong says

    Unfortunately not. I'll give it a go when I'm around later this week.

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  • Mark Hall described a sighting

    Sighting Lipotriches sp.

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    Sighted 16 Sep 2017
    Mark Hall 1 October 2017
    Tagged With buzz
    Mark Hall says

    Hi Simon, did you happen to get video/audio of the buzzing?

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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Thyreus caeruleopunctatus

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    Sighted 20 Sep 2017
    Ken Walker 20 September 2017
    Thyreus caeruleopunctatus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Thyreus: caeruleopunctatus
    Common Names: Bees, Apids, cuckoo bee
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  • Simon Ong identified a sighting

    Sighting Thyreus caeruleopunctatus

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    Sighted 20 Sep 2017
    Simon Ong 20 September 2017
    Thyreus
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Thyreus
    Simon Ong says

    Looks like T. caeruleopunctatus...?

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  • Simon Ong added a sighting

    Thyreus caeruleopunctatus

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    Sighted 20 Sep 2017
    Great Northern Hwy, Durack WA 6743, Australia

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  • Gordon Claridge identified a sighting

    Sighting Australian Paper Wasp - Polistes Polistella variabilis - on Alphitonia excelsa

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    Sighted 12 Feb 2017
    Gordon Claridge 20 September 2017
    Polistes Polistella variabilis
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistes Polistella: variabilis
    Common Names: Predatory wasps, Potter wasp
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  • Gordon Claridge described a sighting

    Sighting Australian Paper Wasp - Polistes Polistella variabilis - on Alphitonia excelsa

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    Sighted 12 Feb 2017
    Gordon Claridge 20 September 2017
    Gordon Claridge says

    Common on flowering Alphitonia excelsa

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  • Gordon Claridge added a sighting

    Australian Paper Wasp - Polistes Polistella variabilis - on Alphitonia excelsa

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    Sighted 12 Feb 2017
    Vinegar Hill QLD 4343, Australia

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