Family ANTHOPHORIDAE- Bees
This family contains some largest bees in Australia. They make nest in dead tree branches or underground. They are solitary bees but some species may nest close together in large numbers. Some species are parasites of other bees' nests. They lay their own eggs in the brood cells of the host bees.
Some members in this family, like the Carpenter Bees and the Blue-banded Bees, are known as buzz pollinators. They use special technique to get the pollen from flowers known as buzz pollination. They hold the flowers and vibrate with loud buzz sound. The vibration excited the flower which drop the pollen onto the bees body. The other insects do not know this technique cannot get the pollen.
They have long tongues which allow them to reach the nectar in tubular flowers. Of course they feed on shallow flowers as well.
None of these bees pose a serious threat to us, although the females do possess stings.
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