Native Bees

March 12, 2018

Next time you are out in the garden check out your flowering plants, clumps of dried grasses and old holey timber - any insects about may be native bees.

Many are very small- the Reed bees and Homalictus bees may be only 3-5mm long.  Blue bandeds are thumpers- nearly the size of a Honeybee but much faster.

 Homalictus urbanus on dandelion flower- these bees carry the pollen internally as do many other Aussie bees


 Hylaiene bee -Hylaeus honestus preparing a nest while 2 young emerge from old nests in my bee hotel


 Nomia bees- Lipotriches genus roosting in a mallee gum in the front garden


Megachilid Bee- Megachile ferox on garlic chives


Orange-browed Resin Bee- Megachile aurifrons, checking out a nest site



The best buzz-pollinator in the business- Blue banded Bee-Amegilla sp. on borage


 Having a spell from all that pollinating- Blue-banded Bee resting on dry grass- it hangs on with its jaws as you can see in this picture!




































































































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