There are many types of native Masked Bees. They have a distinctive yellow spot on the thorax. The bee in the image is gathering from a Banksia flower at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. They have a body length of 15mm. This species also displays two yellow patches on the top of the head which it uses to “face-mimic” and ward-off competition.
Image taken today on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. These attractive native Australian bees nest in the soft wood of Banksia and Leptospermum species. They are not social insects and do not possess a sting. They nest in a single tunnel over 30cm long. They have the potential to damage exposed timber on houses. This bee also displayed “face-mimicry”.
An attractive native bee photographed near the billabong on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. ” They build their nests underground. Males do not build a nest. They will cluster for the night hanging from stems or leaves by their jaws.”
Reference and I.D. courtesy; http://brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_bees/BlueBandedBees.htm.
Of the 1,600 Australian Native Bees the Neon Cuckoo Bee is one of the most attractive. Image taken near the billabong on Sportsman creek wildlife refuge today. The absence of legs was puzzling until I noticed it held onto the Blady grass with its jaws. “This bee does not make its own nest but lays in the nest of the Blue-banded Bee”.
Reference; http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_bees/Neon Cuckoo Bee.htm