Animal Species:Feathery Leioproctus Bee

The Feathery Leioproctus Bee is a member of the largest Australian bee family, the Colletidae, which contains more than half of the known species of native bees.

Standard Common Name

Feathery Leioproctus Bee

Identification

The Feathery Leioproctus Bee is very hairy with a metallic green-blue body, head and thorax.

Size range

8 mm - 14 mm

Distribution

The Feathery Leioproctus Bee is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Habitat

The Feathery Leioproctus Bee lives in urban areas with sandy ground, as well as forests and woodlands and heath.

 

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Feathery Leioproctus Bee is a member of the largest Australian bee family, the Colletidae, which contains more than half of the known species of native bees. The family name is Greek in origin and means 'glued'. This come from the way these bees line their nest with a cellophane-like secretion, which hardens after being applied by the females' tongue. This species commonly nests in the sandy Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Each female digs a tunnel in sandy ground. She has this tunnel to herself but many tunnels may occur in the same area. In spring, large numbers of males (which cannot sting) may be seen flying above the nesting areas seeking females, which they locate by scent.

Classification

Species:
plumosus
Genus:
Leioproctus
Subfamily:
Colletinae
Family:
Colletidae
Superfamily:
Apoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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