South Australian Native Bees

A glimpse into their world



Some adult native bees live for more than a year, long enough to see their adult off spring. Most solitary bees are only active for about 40 days and die when their sons and daughters are still larvae.

When the lava is one moult away from a pupa, it can stay in this state until humidity and temperature are ideal.

This can take upwards of seven years in desert regions or as little as a few weeks in friendlier climates.

Most Halictidae and some Colletidae overwinter as adults.




This Halictide was the first bee I noticed out after winter.