Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Braunsapis simillima (Smith, 1854)




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

One locality is in West New Guinea, other New Guinea localities unknown to author.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Arnhem (CA), Channel Country (CHC), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Finke (FIN), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: mellivore, volant.

Extra Ecological Information

Nest in dead, dry twigs (Leptospermum Forster & G.Forster [Myrtaceae]), flowering stalks (Xanthorrhoea Sm. [Xanthorrhoeaceae]), several females in one nest and larvae of various ages are found together, not in separate cells, flower visiting record: Acacia Miller [Mimosaceae], Angophora Cav. [Myrtaceae], Callistemon R.Br. [Myrtaceae], Eucalyptus L'Hérit. [Myrtaceae], Hibbertia Andrews [Dilleniaceae], Jacksonia Smith [Fabaceae], Leptospermum Forster & G.Forster [Myrtaceae], Leucopogon R.Br. [Epacridaceae], Lomatia R.Br. [Proteaceae], Loranthus Jacq. [Loranthaceae], Melaleuca L. [Myrtaceae], Persoonia Sm. [Proteaceae], Pultenaea Sm. [Fabaceae], Tristania R.Br. [Myrtaceae], Velleia Sm. [Goodeniaceae].


General References

Cane, J.H. 1979. The hind tibiotarsal and tibial spur articulations in bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 52: 123-137 [Date published 31/12/1979] (morphology)

Cockerell, T.D.A. 1905. Descriptions and records of bees. II. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7 16: 292-301 [Date published 31/12/1905] (distribution)

Cockerell, T.D.A. 1912. Descriptions and records of bees. XLIII. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8 9: 377-387 [Date published 31/12/1912] (description of male)

Cockerell, T.D.A. 1929. Bees from the Australian region. American Museum Novitates 346: 1-18 [Date published 31/12/1929] (distribution)

Michener, C.D. 1961. Probable parasitism among Australian bees of the genus Allodapula (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Ceratinini). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 54: 532-534 [Date published 31/12/1961] (biology, as Allodapula simillima (Smith, 1854))

Michener, C.D. 1962. Biological observations on the primitively social bees of the genus Allodapula in the Australian region (Hymenoptera, Xylocopinae). Insectes Sociaux 9: 355-373 [Date published 31/12/1962] (biology)

Michener, C.D. 1965. A classification of the bees of the Australian and South Pacific regions. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 130: 1-362 [Date published 31/12/1965] [222, 242] (illustration, flower record)

Michener, C.D. 1966. Parasitism among Indoaustralian bees of the genus Allodapula (Hymenoptera: Ceratinini). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 39: 705-708 [Date published 31/12/1966] (illustration)

Michener, C.D. 1974. The Social Behaviour of the Bees. A comparative study. Cambridge : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 404 pp. [Date published 31/12/1974] (generic placement)

Michener, C.D. & Syed, I.H. 1962. Specific characters of the larvae and adults of Allodapula in the Australian region (Hymenoptera: Ceratinini). Journal of the Entomological Society of Queensland 1: 30-41 [Date published 31/12/1962] (redescription)

Neville, T., Schwarz, M.P. & Tierney, S.M. 1998. Biology of a weakly social bee, Exoneura (Exoneurella) setosa (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and implications for social evolution in Australian allodapine bees. Australian Journal of Zoology 46: 221-234 [230] (biology compared)

Rayment, T. 1939. Bees from the high lands of New South Wales and Victoria. The Australian Zoologist 9: 263-294 [Date published 31/12/1939] (flower record)

Rayment, T. 1946. New bees and wasps—Part II. Describing two black species of Exoneura. Victorian Naturalist 62: 230-236 [Date published 31/12/1946] (flower record, as Allodapula simillima (Smith, 1854))

Reyes, S.G. 1993. Revision of the bee genus Braunsapis in the Australian region (Hymenoptera: Xylocopinae: Allodapini). University of Kansas Science Bulletin 55(3): 97-121 [Date published August] [106] (redescription, distribution)


History of changes

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