Colletidae

  A family of solitary bees well represented in Australia. They line their brood cells with a colourless cellophane-like material. This polyester is applied to the cell walls as a liquid using the brush-like glossa.

 

   
  Palaeorhiza parallela    
       

 

     
       

References:

Insects of Australia (Chapter 42: Hymenoptera)

I.D. Naumann

CSIRO, Division of Entomology

1137pp (2 volumes), Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1999.

Page 995

 

Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland

Editors: Michael Ryan and Chris Burwell

Queensland Museum publication, 2000