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Ecology and behaviour of the bee Amegilla (Asaropoda) dawsoni (Rayment) with notes on a related species (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae)



Ecology and behaviour of the bee Amegilla (Asaropoda) dawsoni (Rayment) with notes on a related species (Hymenoptera: Anthophoridae)



Records of the Western Australian Museum 15(3): 591-609



Amegilla (Asaropoda) dawsoni, the largest anthophorine bee in Australia, was studied at several sites in Western Australia. Females built both solitary and gregarious nests in hard, bare clay using nectar to soften the soil. Larvae ate the liquid provisions then consumed the wax lining of their cells before entering a diapause which sometimes exceeded 12 months. Mating occurred at nesting areas and on forage plants.

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