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Lipotriches is a large genus of sweat bees in the family Halictidae. They 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).

Most species of Lipotriches were originally in the genus Nomia.

…the genus ranges from Africa, Madagascar and Iran, through India and Asia to New Guinea, Australia and New Caledonia and is divided into nine subgenera. Only two of these, Lipotriches s. str. and Austronomia, are represented in Australia.

A Guide to Native Bees of Australia, by Dr Terry Houston, CSIRO Publishing, p188
Lipotriches (Austranomia) australica © Gary Taylor
Lipotriches (Austranomia) australica © Gary Taylor


  • 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. A Guide to Native Bees of Australia, by Dr Terry Houston, CSIRO Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4863-0406-6
  2. Nomia and Lipotriches Bees (Nomia & Lipotriches), Aussie Bee, https://www.aussiebee.com.au/nomia-and-lipotriches.html

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