Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalitus perditellus Golden-browed Resin Bee Red-headed Masked Bee

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

  • 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 Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalitus perditellus Golden-browed Resin Bee Red-headed Masked Bee

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