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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 Amegilla (Zonamegilla) alpha

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    Sighted 5 Nov 2017
    Ken Walker 15 November 2017
    Amegilla Zonamegilla
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae: Amegilla Zonamegilla
    Ken Walker says

    This is Amegilla (Zonamegilla) alpha.

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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Robber fly with bee prey

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    Karen Retra 14 November 2017
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    Karen Retra says

    Thanks very much for the ID Ken.

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  • Ken Walker identified a sighting

    Sighting Robber fly with bee prey

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    Ken Walker 14 November 2017
    Daptolestes limbipennis
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Asilidae: Daptolestes: limbipennis
    Common Names: Flies, Asilids, Robber flies
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  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Pollen beetle?

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    Karen Retra 14 November 2017
    Melyridae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Melyridae
    Karen Retra says

    Confirmation or other suggestions much appreciated!

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Pollen beetle?

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    1190 Tunnel Rd, Talmalmo NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Grasshopper nymph (?) on Everlasting flower

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    Karen Retra 14 November 2017
    Acrididae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Orthoptera: Acrididae
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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Grasshopper nymph (?) on Everlasting flower

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    1190 Tunnel Rd, Talmalmo NSW 2640, Australia

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  • Karen Retra identified a sighting

    Sighting Robber fly with bee prey

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    Karen Retra 14 November 2017
    Asilidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Diptera: Asilidae
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  • Karen Retra described a sighting

    Sighting Robber fly with bee prey

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    Karen Retra 14 November 2017
    Tagged With stunner
    Karen Retra says

    Think it had it's hands full with lunch, and presented more than once near me, allowing photos! Hope I am on the right track with ID - I haven't seen such bright colors nor the bulbous body shape in a robber fly before.

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  • Karen Retra added a sighting

    Robber fly with bee prey

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    Sighted 12 Nov 2017
    1190 Tunnel Rd, Talmalmo NSW 2640, Australia

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