Research project: Ecology of a recently discovered exotic bee in Australia
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- W. V. Scott Charitable Trust
The emerald furrow bee (Halictus smaragdulus) was first discovered in Australia in 2004 as part of an Australian Museum research project. It was found at ten sites adjacent to the Hunter River between Scone, Denman and Singleton. Its native range covers a broad span of environmental conditions from Spain and Morocco to Kazakhstan and Pakistan.
We are now conducting further surveys to investigate the extent of the invasion by the emerald furrow bee in Australia, and to gather more information on their habitat and ecology. To date, the range of this species has been extended to include the area between Sydney, Tamworth, and Wellington. The species is more common along rivers, especially those with exposed sand deposits and exotic weeds.
- See final report