Yellow Dryland Bee
Yellow Dryland Bee
Yellow Dryland Bee (Callohesma sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Yellow Dryland Bee (Callohesma sp)
This Photo:     Posterior

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)

Copyright © 2020-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Mar-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.