StenotritidaeCtenocolletes albomarginatus Ctenocolletes nicholsoni Ctenocolletes rufescens

Images and Contributor Author Gary Taylor

Presented here are the female and male of the species Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus on the native plant Verticordia monadelpha. Following is the female Ctenocolletes albomarginatus.

Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

Following is the male of the species Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus.

Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Male Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Male Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

A member of the family Myrtaceae, the Verticordia is a genus of more than 100 species of plants commonly known as featherflowers. The species Verticordia monadelpha depicted here, are endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. They are a multi-branched shrub that flowers in spring and early summer in a profusion of pink to magenta flowers. Enjoyed by a variety of insects including the native bee Ctenocolletes albomarginatus.

Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Stenotritidae (Ctenocolletes) albomarginatus, Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

The plant is also known as Woolly Featherflower, Pink Woolly Featherflower, White Woolly Featherflower, Pink Cauliflower and Pink Morrison.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Clade: Anthophila
  • Family: Stenotritidae
  • Genera: Ctenocolletes
  • Species: Ctenocolletes albomarginatus

Footnote & References

  1. Ctenocolletes albomarginatus, Photographs and content contribution by Gary Taylor, Western Australia
  2. Ctenocolletes albomarginatus Michener, 1965, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:0eaad307-03db-4840-b1ae-b2059f091c95
  3. A Revision of the Bee Genus Ctenocolletes (Hymenoptera stenotritidae, WA Museum Records and Supplements, Western Australian Museum, https://museum.wa.gov.au/research/records-supplements/records/revision-bee-genus-ctenocolletes-hymenoptera-stenotritidae
  4. Native albomarginatus stenotritid, PaDIL, https://www.padil.gov.au/pollinators/pest/main/139669

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