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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.

  • Tony D. identified a sighting

    Sighting Fly in Corymbia flowers

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Tony D. 1 March 2019
    Sarcophaga
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Sarcophagidae: Sarcophaga
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  • Tony D. described a sighting

    Sighting Fly ID request (part 1)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Tony D. 1 March 2019
    Tagged With unusual
    Tony D. says

    It's an unusual looking fly, not one I can remember seeing before. Without seeing the finer detail I can't confidently narrow it down. Though by unusual shape and look someone might know it by those alone.

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  • Tony D. identified a sighting

    Sighting Fly ID request (part 2)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Tony D. 1 March 2019
    Chloropidae
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Chloropidae
    Tony D. says

    The ocellar plate looks large and well developed here (the lateral edges are marked dark and there is a central black line on it running forward from the ocelli) which occurs in Chloropidae.

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Another bee ID request - Euryglossinae?

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Karen Retra 1 March 2019
    Tagged With thanks!
    Karen Retra says

    Hello Roch, thanks so much for confirming that and offering even a species suggestion! I think I'd better re-visit the site and hope the flowers and bees might provide opportunities for some more photos. Thanks again!

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Fly ID request (part 1)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Karen Retra 1 March 2019
    Tagged With thankyou!
    Karen Retra says

    Thanks Rog, that is a great site and I haven't been visiting it as much as I might! I appreciate the tip.

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Fly ID request (part 2)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Karen Retra 1 March 2019
    Karen Retra says

    Just spotted Tony D and John Eichler's exchange in this post - http://www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/122296. Checked out those leads and think it's safe to say I've leave this one alone ... it's well above my grade! They were intriguing to watch and attempt to photograph though.

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  • Rog Standen described a sighting

    Sighting Fly ID request (part 1)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Rog Standen 1 March 2019
    Rog Standen says

    I would start with Tony and Kristi's great site on Insects of Tasmania - Diptera (https://sites.google.com/site/insectsoftasmaniadiptera/home) Karen. I find it very useful for narrowing down what the fly might be. There are plenty to get confused with but it is great trying to sort them out. Good luck

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  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Fly ID request (part 2)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Karen Retra 1 March 2019
    Diptera
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    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera
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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Fly ID request (part 2)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    Karen Retra 1 March 2019
    Tagged With yellow fly
    Karen Retra says

    There were quite a few of these flies visiting the flowers of this grafted Corymbia, growing as a street street on the nature strip. They were small (perhaps tiny is the correct term?) and fast as they flitted between the flowers. I know I'm pushing my luck for any tips or leads as to the ID, but figure this is the place to try!

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Fly ID request (part 2)

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    Sighted 26 Feb 2019
    519 Milro Ave, East Albury NSW 2640

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