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)

Belonging to the Halictidae family, is the genus Lipotriches, encompassing a group of bees known as “sweat bees”. With 9 subgenera in the world, only two of which are currently found in Australia, Lipotriches (Austronomia) and Lipotriches (Lipotriches).

These bees are usually identified by the prominent bands of hair on the margins of the metasomal segments (in the bee, the metasoma is the third or posterior part of the body; first and second part being the thorax and the first abdominal segment).

The following photos are of the Lipotriches bee rescued from a swimming pool in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Genus Lipotriches - native bee, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches - native bee, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches - native bee, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches - native bee, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches - native bee, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches - native bee, Alice Springs NT
Genus Lipotriches – native bee, Alice Springs NT

More information under Fauna > Insects > Bees > Lipotriches


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Family: Halictidae
  • Subfamily: Nomiinae
  • Genus: Lipotriches
  • Subgenus:
    • Lipotriches (Austronomia) Michener, 1965
    • Lipotriches (Lipotriches) Gerstaecker, 1858

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Ken Walker, members of Bee Aware of Your Native Bees (Australia), Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/beeawareofyournativebees/
  2. Lipotriches Gerstaecker, 1858, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/d904fe04-5327-4686-8bbf-4d18e9ed1b7a
  3. Lipotriches, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipotriches

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