Alice Springs Fauna •

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

Alice Springs and Central Australia is home to a number of native bees.

Alice Springs Native Bees

The local native bee species are varied in size and colour, as well as some preferring only specific genus/species of plants. Click on the following images to see information on the listed native bees sighted here in Alice Springs.

Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, Alice Springs Desert Park, NT
Amegilla Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla chlorocyanea)
Hylaeus albonitens, Alice Springs, NT
Bright-white Masked Bee (Hylaeus albonitens)
Austroplebeia australis, Alice Springs, NT
Bush Bee (Austroplebeia australis)
Ceylalictus perditellus, Alice Springs NT
Native Perditellus Halictid Bee (Ceylalictus perditellus)
Desert Reed Bee (Exoneurella eremophila), Alice Springs NT
Desert Reed Bee (Exoneurella eremophila)
Golden-browed Resin Bee (Megachile aurifrons) capping the nest
Golden-browed Resin Bee (Megachile aurifrons)
Genus Homalictus, most likely Species Homalictus urbanus, Alice Springs, NT
Emerald Homalictus (Homalictus urbanus)
Deceased Lasioglossum (Homalictus), Alice Springs NT
Sweat and Furrow Bees (Lasioglossum Homalictus)
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes), Alice Springs NT
Halictid Bee (Lasioglossum Parasphecodes)
Genus Lipotriches - native bee, Alice Springs NT
Sweat Bees / Lipotriches Bee (Lipotriches)
Megachile (Rhodomegachile) deanii, Alice Springs NT
Megachile (Rhodomegachile) deanii
Red-headed Masked Bee (Hylaeus ruficeps), Alice Springs NT
Red-headed Masked Bee (Hylaeus ruficeps)
Reed Bee (Braunsapis sp), Alice Springs NT
Reed Bee (Braunsapis sp)
family Stenotritidae, genus Stenotritus, Alice Springs NT
family Stenotritidae, genus Stenotritus
Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) female, Alice Springs NT
Superfamily Euryglossinae, genus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) / Gossypium sturtianum (Sturt's Desert Rose), Alice Springs, NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) – introduced species
  1. Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla chlorocyanea)
  2. Bright-white Masked Bee (Hylaeus albonitens)
  3. Bush Bee (Austroplebeia australis)
  4. Ceylalictus perditellus
  5. Desert Reed Bee (Exoneurella eremophila)
  6. Golden-browed Resin Bee (Megachile aurifrons)
  7. Homalictus urbanus
  8. Lasioglossum (Homalictus)
  9. Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes)
  10. Lipotriches
  11. Megachile deanii
  12. Red-headed Masked Bee (Hylaeus ruficeps)
  13. Reed Bee (Braunsapis sp)
  14. Stenotritidae (genus Stenotritus)
  15. Xanthesma (Xenohesma)
  16. Apis mellifera (European Honey Bee) – introduced species

The following scientific grouping/listing of the bees listed above:

  1. Genus Amegilla (Notomegilla)
  2. Genus Braunsapis
  3. Genus Hylaeus (Gnathoprosopis)
  4. Genus Austroplebeia, species Austroplebeia australis
  5. Genus Exoneurella, species Exoneurella eremophila
  6. Genus Ceylalictus, species Ceylalictus perditellus
  7. Genus Hylaeus (Euprosopoides), species Hylaeus ruficeps
  8. Genus Lasioglossum (Homalictus), species Homalictus urbanus
  9. Genus Lasioglossum (Homalictus)
  10. Genus Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes)
  11. Genus Lipotriches
  12. Genus Megachile, species Megachile aurifrons
  13. Genus Megachile (Rhodomegachile), species Megachile deanii
  14. Family Stenotritidae, genus Stenotritus
  15. Genus Xanthesma, subgenus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)
  16. Genus Apis, species Apis mellifera
Golden-browed Resin Bee (Megachile aurifrons) capping the nest
Golden-browed Resin Bee (Megachile aurifrons) capping the nest
Alice Springs European Honey Bee

As well as native bees, the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) is a common sight in Alice Springs, used in the locally produced honey,

The European Honey Bee (also known as the Western Honey Bee) ranges in size from 13-16 mm and are usually recognised by the yellow and black abdominal banding and fine visible hairs all over the body. Their antennae are slightly longer than their head and they have light brown to transparent wings with dark veins. There may be some slight variation in colour, depending on the age of the bee (worker bees can lose their hairs over time) and also feral honey bees can be slightly darker in colour — you can read our page Dark Apis mellifera.

Most of us would be able to identify the European Honey Bee, but if you are not sure, following are some images of the European Honey Bee.


If you have seen and photographed any species of native bees here in Alice Springs and Central Australia, we would welcome your photos and where they were taken to expand our content for the benefit of all. Your name will appear as the copyright holder of the image.

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  • 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 (from Latin ‘apis’)

Source: Bee, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee (last visited Aug. 1, 2022)


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Informal: Spheciformes

Source: Apoidea, Social Bees, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/9424ef53-1dcb-42e3-95c8-7d0aafe8fba8


Opisthopsis sp (Strobe ant), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Ants (Formicidae)
Blue Moon Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
Butterflies & Moths
Choerocoris paganus, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Alice Springs True Bugs
Golden-browed Resin Bee (Megachile aurifrons), Alice Springs, NT
Alice Springs Bees
Robber Fly (genus Bathypogon, family Asilidae), Alice Springs NT
Alice Springs Diptera
Woodger's Gumleaf Katydid (Terpandrus woodgeri), Alice Springs NT
Alice Springs Orthoptera
Chlorobapta frontalis (Flower Beetle), Alice Springs NT
Alice Springs Beetles
Male Scarlet Percher (Diplacodes haematodes), Alice Springs, NT
Alice Springs Dragonflies
Abispa ephippium (Mud-nest Wasp) and Delta latreillei (Orange Potter Wasp), Alice Springs NT
Alice Springs Wasps

Alice Springs BeesAmegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalictus 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)

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