Chequered Cuckoo Bee
Ventral
Ellura
Red Hylaeine Bee
Profile, ~5mm
 
    
Colletid Bee (Euhesma bronzus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)
Species: Colletid Bee (Euhesma bronzus)

Thank you Dr Ken Walker for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Dr Ken Walker said "If you look closely at the legs on this bee they are almost hairless - they cannot carry pollen. This is one of Australia's many unique euryglossine bees that carry their pollen load in the crop - first part of the stomach."

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Sep-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.