LeioproctusLeioproctus Andrenopsis Leioproctus bipectinatus Leioproctus excubitor Leioproctus xanthosus

The genus Leioproctus, from the family Colletidae, are a large and varied group of native bees, that occur across Australia. They range in size from 4 mm to 16 mm. Whilst most are black in colour, some species have coloured abdomens, ranging from orange-red, to metallic blue, green, gold, red.

Another feature that is typical of many Leioproctus species are the dense long hairs on the last section of the metasoma and known as the pre-pygidial fimbria.

Leioproctus Andrenopsis sp, Mullewa WA © Marc Newman
Leioproctus Andrenopsis sp, Mullewa WA © Marc Newman
Leioproctus © Gary Taylor
Leioproctus sp, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) bipectinatus © Marc Newman
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) bipectinatus © Marc Newman
Leioproctus excubitor, Geraldton, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Leioproctus excubitor, Geraldton, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) bipectinatus © Marc Newman
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) bipectinatus © Marc Newman
Death of the Leioproctus plumosus © Gary Taylor
Leioproctus plumosus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Apiformes
  • Family: Colletidae
  • Subfamily: Colletinae
  • Genus: Leioproctus
  • Subgenus:
    • Leioproctus (Alokocolletes) Maynard, 2013
    • Leioproctus (Andrenopsis) Cockerell, 1905
    • Leioproctus (Baeocolletes) Michener, 1965
    • Leioproctus (Ceratocolletes) Michener, 1965
    • Leioproctus (Charicolletes) Maynard, 2013
    • Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) Cockerell, 1904
    • Leioproctus (Colletellus) Michener, 1965
    • Leioproctus (Colletopsis) Michener, 1965
    • Leioproctus (Euryglossidia) Cockerell, 1910
    • Leioproctus (Excolletes) Michener, 1965
    • Leioproctus (Exleycolletes) Maynard, 2013
    • Leioproctus (Filiglossa) Rayment, 1959
    • Leioproctus (Fragocolletes) Maynard, 2013
    • Leioproctus (Hadrocolletes) Maynard, 2013
    • Leioproctus (Lamprocolletes) Smith, 1853
    • Leioproctus (Leioproctus) Smith, 1853
    • Leioproctus (Minycolletes) Maynard, 2013
    • Leioproctus (Odontocolletes) Maynard, 1997
    • Leioproctus (Ottocolletes) Houston & Maynard, 2012
    • Leioproctus (Protomorpha) Rayment, 1959
    • Leioproctus (Urocolletes) Michener, 1965
    • Leioproctus (Zosterocolletes) Maynard, 2013
    • Leioproctus subg. Leioproctus
    • Leioproctus subg. Nesocolletes
  • Species:
    • Leioproctus albovittatus (Cockerell, 1929)
    • Leioproctus ferrisi (Rayment, 1935)
    • Leioproctus glendae Batley in Batley & Popic, 2016
    • Leioproctus idiotropoptera Packer, 2006
    • Leioproctus rufus (Rayment, 1930)
    • Leioproctus tropicalis (Cockerell, 1929)

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs Leioproctus spp © Marc Newman, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/koolbee/albums
  2. Photographs Leioproctus spp, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
  3. Leioproctus Smith, 1853, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:e0bde46e-3dad-4e24-80c9-59c40c76e625

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