Research project: Ecology of a recently discovered exotic bee in Australia


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Emerald furrow bee

Emerald furrow bee
Photographer: Stefan Schmidt © Public Domain*

Museum investigators

Funded by

  • 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.

Dr John Gollan , Scientific Officer
Dr Mick Ashcroft , Spatial Analyst
Michael Batley
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