Gold-barred Resin Bee - Megachile leucopyga (Chalicodoma leucopyga)


This page contains pictures and information about Gold-barred Resin Bees that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 10mm 
We sometimes find this Gold-barred Resin Bee resting on grass during summer evening. 
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The bee has a relatively flat body. Its thorax and head are hairy. The abdomen is white and black colour striped. There is the bright orange spot on the tip of abdomen. 
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This bee build nest in holes of hardwood timber, include man-made drilled holes. The entrance is usually sealed with solid resin plug. They provision their brood with pollen and nectar. 
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Photos taken in Daisy Hill near Buhot Creek mid summer Dec 2008. The bee was examining the soil on the mud wall.

1. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
2. Native Bees of the Sydney region, a field guide - Anne Dollin, Michael Batley, Martyn Robinson & Brian Faulkner, Australian Native Bee Research Centre. P46.

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Last updated: October 18, 2010.