Neopasiphae mirabilisFlower Selection Male and Female Nesting

Photographs © Marc Newman

The Neopasiphae mirabilis distribution range is in Western Australia, particularly in areas where Western Australia put on their magnificent wildflower display, that include the everlasting paper daisies, such as Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. splendida (Asteraceae).

Both male and female of the species can be found in these daisy, collecting pollen and nectar.

Male Neopasiphae mirabilis, Mullewa WA © Marc Newman
Neopasiphae mirabilis on Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. splendida, WA © Marc Newman

These everlasting put on a spectacular carpet display of large white flowers, that close overnight creating a secure place for native bees to shelter. A number of Neopasiphae mirabilis bees will also shelter together in the same flower, although this appears to be a roosting behaviour of the male of the species.2

Male Neopasiphae mirabilis, Mullewa WA © Marc Newman
Neopasiphae mirabilis sheltering in everlasting daisy, Mullewa WA © Marc Newman

The photos shown here, including the following series of photos were of our GoBeeWA trip and the magnificent display of wildflowers where native bees were discovered (including Neopasiphae mirabilis).


Footnote & References

  1. Photographs Neopasiphae mirabilis, WA © Marc Newman, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/koolbee/albums
  2. Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. splendida (Asteraceae)… Overnight the flowers close creating secure place for native bees to shelter, Western Australian Herbarium, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/WesternAustralianHerbarium/photos/a.391843657526178/877770358933503/?type=3

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