Copper Metallic Bee
Ellura
Brown-mullet Bee
Female, profile
 
                      
Brown-mullet Bee (Leioproctus sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Brown-mullet Bee (Leioproctus sp)
This Photo:     🔍Female, dorsal🔎

Thank you Dr Tobias J. Smith for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~12mm long.
We used Tobias' pictorial key, which is very good, but made a mistake at one point. Tobias was kind enough to help us in the right direction.
It's available here: The Australian Bee Genera
Notice the abdominal colour bands under the hair, just for interest.
We found one female specimen in Feb.

Copyright © 2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Feb-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.