Feathery Leioproctus Bee Click to enlarge image
Feathery Leioproctus Bee, Leioproctus (Leioproctus) plumosus (Smith, 1853) Image: Megan Halcroft
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    plumosus
    Genus
    Leioproctus
    Subfamily
    Colletinae
    Family
    Colletidae
    Super Family
    Apoidea
    Suborder
    Apocrita
    Order
    Hymenoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    8 mm - 14 mm

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.

Identification

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

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

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.