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 (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma)

An introduced species, the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), also known as the Western Honey Bee, are a common sight around Alice Springs. Seen on flowering trees, shrubs and plants, they are often found drowned in backyard swimming pools.

European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on Needlewood (Hakea leucoptera), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on Needlewood (Hakea leucoptera), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on a Cape honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis)
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on a Cape honeysuckle (Tecoma capensis), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee on Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee on a Sturt's Desert Rose, Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs, NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) / Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium sturtianum),
Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs, NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), Alice Springs NT
European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) rescued from a swimming pool, Alice Springs NT

For more images of the honey bees, check out our section on Bees | Apis mellifera


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Family: Apidae
  • Tribe: Apini
  • Genus: Apis
  • Subgenus: Apis (Apis)
  • Species: Apis mellifera

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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Alice Springs FloraAlice Springs Flora Index Acacia ligulata Annual Yellowtop Bougainvillea Apple Bush 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