Copper Metallic Bee
Yellow Dwarf Bee
|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)|
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)