Animal Species:Common Wasp-mimic Bee

The Common Wasp-mimic Bee disguises itself as a black and orange wasp, presumably because wasps are more aggressive and will be left alone by potential predators.

Standard Common Name

Common Wasp-mimic Bee

Size range

1.2 cm

Distribution

The Common Wasp-mimic Bee is found in eastern Australia from southern Queensland to Tasmania.

Habitat

The Common Wasp-mimic Bee lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and heath.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The disguise of the Common Wasp-mimic Bee is excellent, even to the point that the bee holds its wings in a wasp-like V-shape when it lands. It was actually originally misidentified as a wasp when it was first discovered.

Life cycle

The female Common Wasp-mimic Bee builds her nest in stumps, logs or fallen trees. She makes a cellophane-like curtain at the entrance and pulls it into a tight iris-like slit to deter predators and parasites. Inside the nest she uses a similar material to build cells for her eggs and provisions them with nectar and pollen. When she finally leaves the nest she seals the entrance completely. When fully developed, the young eat their way out.

Classification

Species:
concinna
Genus:
Hyleoides
Subfamily:
Hylaeinae
Family:
Colletidae
Superfamily:
Apoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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