Alice Springs Desert Park

ASDP BeesAmegilla chlorocyanea Bee Braunsapis sp Exoneurella eremophila Bee Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Lasioglossum (Homalictus)

The Alice Springs Desert Park is home to a number of native bees, including the Amegilla (Blue-banded Bees). Also, frequent visitors to the desert park is the common introduced Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera).

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Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, Alice Springs Desert Park, NT
Amegilla chlorocyanea
Native bee - Braunsapis sp. in Native Bluebells (Wahlenbergia queenslandica), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Native bee – Braunsapis sp.
Exoneurella eremophila on the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum)
Exoneurella eremophila
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus)
Lasioglossum (Homalictus) on Poached Egg Daisy (Polycalymma stuartii), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Lasioglossum (Homalictus)

Whilst some of the native bees can large, others can be very small, so a closer inspection of the many flowers in the desert park, can reward you with seeing what you may have thought was some other insect genera, as actually being a native bee.

Native bee - Braunsapis sp. in Native Bluebells (Wahlenbergia queenslandica), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Native bee – Braunsapis sp. on Wahlenbergia queenslandica, Alice Springs Desert Park NT

Bees belong to the Order Hymenoptera, that includes wasps, ants and sawflies, within Suborder Apocrita and Superfamily Apoidea. They are presently considered a clade, called Anthophila. There is considered to be over 20,000 bee species worldwide, living on every continent except Antarctica. They live in a range of ecosystems from forest, grasslands and arid desert regions.

Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs Desert Park NT

There is more information about our native bees in Alice Springs Bees and Insects > Bees > Bees – image index.

White Spider Flower (Grevillea albiflora), Alice Springs Desert Park
Apis mellifera on the White Spider Flower (Grevillea albiflora), Alice Springs Desert Park NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • (unranked): Unicalcarida
  • Suborder: Apocrita
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Clade: Anthophila
  • Families:
    • Andrenidae
    • Apidae
    • Colletidae
    • Halictidae
    • Megachilidae
    • Melittidae
    • Stenotritidae
  • Synonyms: Apiformes
Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, Alice Springs Desert Park, NT
Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, Alice Springs Desert Park, NT

Footnote & References

  1. Can you beelieve?! Our guide to native bees, by Eliza Keckm, 30 Aug 2018, CSIROscope, https://blog.csiro.au/can-you-beelieve-our-guide-to-native-bees/
  2. Bees (Epifamily Anthophila), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/630955-Anthophila

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