Animal Species:White-banded bees

White-banded bees are members of the family Halictidae, which contains around 25% of Australia's native bee species and are (discounting the commercial Honey Bee) the most abundant bees around the world.

White Banded bee specimen

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

White-banded bees

Identification

White-banded bees are generally medium-sized black or dark brown bees with broad white bands of hair across their abdomen. Lasioglossum lanarium is one of the larger species of white-banded bee (about 1 cm).

Size range

1 cm

Distribution

White-banded bees are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

White-banded bees live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath. Most species nest in the ground and a number of females use the entrance and main shaft but dig their own tunnel off to the side.

Danger to humans and first aid

The sting of the white-banded bee may cause anaphylactic shock in people sensitive to bee stings. One case resulted in the death of the person stung.

Bee stings cause intense local pain and swelling but a severe reaction may occur in some people with allergies to bee stings. This reaction can include difficulty breathing and even collapse. The sting should be removed, pressure/immobilisation first aid should be applied immediately, and medical attention sought.

Classification

Genus:
Lasioglossum
Subfamily:
Halictinae
Family:
Halictidae
Superfamily:
Apoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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