Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalitus perditellus European Honey Bee Exoneurella eremophila Golden-browed Resin Bee Lasioglossum (Homalictus) Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)

The Native perditellus halictid (Ceylalictus perditellus), is also commonly referred to as the Halictid Bee. From the genus Ceylalictus (prounounced “sail-a-lick-tuss”), there is only one Australian species of this group, Ceylalitus perditellus.

The species are known to have a considerable colour variation, especially with those found on the west coast of Australia (specifically WA), who are more heavily marked-yellow then those on the eastern coast of Australia.1

The following photos of the Ceylalictus perditellus were taken in a garden in Alice Springs feeding on the flower spike of a ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata).

In the same plant the Ceylalictus perditellus bee was captured by lynx spider.

Ceylalictus perditellus captured by lynx spider, Alice Springs, NT
Ceylalictus perditellus captured by lynx spider, Alice Springs, NT

The following female Ceylalictus perditellus was rescued from a swimming pool in Alice Springs.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Halictidae
  • Genus: Ceylalictus
  • Species: Ceylalictus perditellus

Footnote & References

  1. A Guide to Native Bees of Australia, by Dr Terry Houston, CSIRO Publishing, p 195-196

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalitus perditellus European Honey Bee Exoneurella eremophila Golden-browed Resin Bee Lasioglossum (Homalictus) Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)

Alice Springs FaunaAlice Springs Bees Alice Springs Beetles Alice Springs Birds Alice Springs Butterflies & Moths Alice Springs Insects Alice Springs Dragonflies Alice Springs Orthoptera Alice Springs Reptiles Alice Springs Spiders Alice Springs Wasps Alice Springs Water Scorpion Black-footed Rock Wallaby Euro Garden Mantis

Alice Springs FloraAnnual Yellowtop Acacia ligulata Apple Bush Bougainvillea Burdekin Plum Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqa) Cattle Bush Desert Cotton (Aerva javanica) Desert Oak Eremophila Wildberry Feijoa sellowiana Flannel Cudweed Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Golden Everlasting Kurrajong Lemon-flowered Gum MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia Native Bluebell Native Tomato Needlewood Olive Tree Perennial Yellow Top Rat’s Tail River Red Gum Inland River Red Gum Rosy Dock Round-leaved Mallee Scurvy Grass Silky Eremophila Stemodia viscosa Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Sturt’s Desert Rose Tangled Leschenaultia Tar Vine Weeping Bottlebrush White Cedar Yellow Billybutton Yellow-keeled Swainsona Yellow Oleander