Yellow Dwarf Bee
Dorsal
Ellura
Yellow Dwarf Bee
Head
 
                      
Yellow Dwarf Bee (Xanthesma (Xanthesma) sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Colletid Bee (Bee: Colletidae)
Species: Yellow Dwarf Bee (Xanthesma (Xanthesma) sp)
This Photo:     Face

Thank you Bernhard Jacobi for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~3mm, found in Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) flower, with many others. To the naked eye they look like little bits of fluffy blowing in the breeze.
The brackets indicate a sub-genus level id.
Bernhard said "near trisulca", meaning it looks very similar to Xanthesma (Xanthesma) trisulca, but not an exact match.
Found one specimen in February.

Similar Species: Yellow Dryland Bee (Callohesma sp)

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-Feb-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.