Metallic Green Nomia Bee
Black Resin Bee
Metallic Green Nomia Bee (Lipotriches flavoviridis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Small Bee (Bee: Halictidae)
Species: Metallic Green Nomia Bee (Lipotriches flavoviridis)
This Photo:     

Thank you Dr Ken Walker for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Ken Walker said "Two characters in your image show this is not a Homalictus.
1. The large amount of hair on the hind legs (especially the hind femur and tibia). Homalictus carries its pollen load on the underneath of its abdomen.
2. The wing photo shows an elongate (much longer than the 2nd submarginal cell) and strong 3rd submarginal cell. In Homalictus, the 3rd submarginal cell is about the same length as the 2nd submarginal cell but the veins are weaker than those veins of the 2nd submarginal cell"

Copyright © 2015-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 11-Feb-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.