Metallic Green Nomia Bee
Ellura
Black Resin Bee
 
    
Black Resin Bee (Megachile atrella)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Leafcutter Bee (Bee: Megachilidae)
Species: Black Resin Bee (Megachile atrella)

Thank you Dr Ken Walker for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
If you are keen to support the local native bee population, you can easily build a Bee Hotel. Different sized holes attracts different bee species. They're cheap and easy to build from scrap. They last longer left under cover. The best one I've seen is here: www.bowerbird.org.au/observations/26118

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Jan-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.