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About Australian Pollinators

Pollinators website offers:

  • High-quality, colour, diagnostic, montaged images
  • Video clips showing bee pollination and nesting behaviours
  • Host and distributional information
  • Full faceted searching with user defined comparative image tables

Coverage:

At present, Australian native bee fauna (approx 2000 species)

Pollinators helps to understand the Australian native bee Biodiversity and their interaction with the native and exotic flora.

The Australian native bee fauna consists of approximately 2000 named species and many more will be described over time. This website aims to present images and information on all known species.

Due to the long continental isolation of Australia, the bee fauna is considered to be unique. Australia has the world’s smallest bees (Euryglossina (Quasihesma) spp. less than 2mm). The world’s largest bee is Megachile pluto (approx 39mm) which is a shade larger than Australia’s largest bee of Amegilla dawsoni at approx 24mm.

Australia’s fauna is unique due to the strong predominance of the primitive short tongued bee families (ie. Colletidae and Halictidae). This parallels the dominance of the primitive plant family Myrtaceae in Australia which offers nectar in a broad, shallow cup best suited to bees with the short glossa (tongue).

With such a diverse fauna, it is often difficult to come to grips with the literature to identify species. Hopefully the information presented here (images, host data, distributions and user friendly keys) will allow users to easily explore Australia’s rich bee fauna.



Western Australian Museum

South Australian Museum

Museum Victoria

Australian Museum

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