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Native Bees

Native Bee species that inhabit Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

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”.

Stingless Native  Bee feasting in Banksia flower today. Also known as Sugar Bag Bees they are very social and usually nest in hollow logs on the wildlife refuge. About 5mm long.

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Further reading;

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;

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; Cuckoo Bee.htm

Carpenter bees are large hairy bees distributed worldwide. They build their nests in burrows in dead wood. Making nests by tunneling into wood and vibrating their bodies as they rasp their mandibles. The tunnel functions as a nursery and (pollen/nectar) larder. These bees are interesting to watch with amazing turns of speed and manoeuvres. Image taken near billabong.

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By Jeff Keyes