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Trichocolletes sp. (genus)

Spring Bee at suppressed

Trichocolletes sp. (genus) at suppressed - 21 Aug 2023
Trichocolletes sp. (genus) at suppressed - 21 Aug 2023
Trichocolletes sp. (genus) at suppressed - 21 Aug 2023
Trichocolletes sp. (genus) at suppressed - 21 Aug 2023
Trichocolletes sp. (genus) at suppressed - 21 Aug 2023
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Identification history

Trichocolletes sp. (genus) 27 Aug 2023 michael.batley
Exoneura sp. (genus) 27 Aug 2023 CarbonAI
Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica 27 Aug 2023 SapphFire

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User's notes

Spied this bee in the garden on Philotheca myoporoides. We have previously had Lipotriches (austronomia) australica nesting in the garden before so I assume it is one of - those perhaps a male or freshly emerged. It appeared to be intent on feeding. Area is in the Blue Mountains, NSW.


   27 Aug 2023
The images are sharp enough so that you can see the hairy eyes. Trichocolletes usually visit pea flowers, but do visit others occasionally. If there is any Hardenbergia in flower watch for them there.
SapphFire wrote:
   28 Aug 2023
Thank you Michael. Yes we have Hardenbergia growing adjacent to the wax flowers, which have been visited by several Trichocolletes bees. For some reason I did not recognise this as Trichocolletes - perhaps because it was still! They are normally very tricky to photograph as they don't spend much time on any one flower. Was this a male?
   28 Aug 2023
Yes. A female would have more hair on the hind leg.

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Species information

  • Trichocolletes sp. (genus) Scientific name
  • Spring Bee Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 21 Aug 2023 01:20 PM Recorded on
  • SapphFire Recorded by

Additional information

  • Philotheca myoporoides in a garden Associated plant
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size
  • Unknown Gender
  • Alive / healthy Animal health
  • Feeding on nectar or pollen Insect behaviour on flower
  • True Pollinator Insect on Flower

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