Family Colletidae (Short-Tongued Bees)

Solitary bees that mainly nest in burrows in the ground.  They use saliva to line their nests with cellulose-like membranes.

Comprised of three Australian subfamilies.

Subfamily Colletinae

Subfamily Hylaeinae

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Subfamily Euryglossinae

 

References

Houston, T. F. 1981. A revision of the Australian hylaeine bees (Hymenoptera: Colletidae). II. Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 80: 1-128.

Houston, T. 2018. A guide to native bees of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Australia.