Chequered Cuckoo Bee
Yellow Dryland Bee
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta) iNaturalist Observation|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)|
|Species:||Yellow Dryland Bee (Callohesma sp)|
Thank you Trevor Sless for identifying and Susanna H for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~5mm, found in Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) flower.
A bit bembix like, but there are some masked bees that are smooth faced like this too. Very wasp like.
The brown side abdominal splotch is equal on both sides, so not damage or stain, but part of it's markings.
Found one specimen in March
Similar Species: Yellow Dwarf Bee (Xanthesma (Xanthesma) sp)