Cuckoo Bee

2015-09-18T06:13:12+00:00

Description The Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus species) is a black bee with light blue patches on the back and sides. They are called cuckoo bees because they lay their eggs in the burrows of other bees. The Cuckoo Bee lays an egg in the burrow of a Blue-banded Bee or Teddy Bear Bee (members of the [...]

Blue Banded Bee

2015-09-18T06:11:09+00:00

Description The Blue-banded Bee has a golden brown head, and the abdomen is striped black and pale blue. Males rest overnight clinging to plant stems. Size1 is 0-12mm, they can be seen commonly in gardens, feeds on flowers, often blue coloured flowers. Breed ingnest in burrow in banks, gaps in retaining walls, under houses. Can [...]

Bumble bees (Bombus terrestris)

2015-09-18T05:37:43+00:00

Description Bumble bees were introduced to Tasmania in 1992. The feral populations have spread from sea level to 1450 metres in altitude and have a high level of ecological versatility. In other countries where it has been introduced, it forages on both native and introduced plant species. Because the bumble bee forages on a wide [...]