Reed Bees

Reed Bees  

Exoneura & Braunsapis

Reed Bees are so called because they nest in the old hollowed out stems of plants such as reeds and lantana…and they effectively block the entrance with their “bee-hind”! They range in size from 5mm-8mm and have a wide distribution in Australia. They are classified as a social bee in that they display some cooperative behaviours with others of their own species such as foraging, guarding and sharing a nest. Reed bees are one of the few Australian adult bees that survive by hibernating during winter.

Reed bee image by Bob Luttrell

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