Teddy Bear Bee

Amegilla bombiformis

Teddy Bear bees are a 'solitary' bee which is found in the eastern mainland states of Australia and some of the islands to the north.
Teddy Bear Bee taken at sapphire queensland Amegilla bombiformis,Australia,Geotagged,Teddy Bear Bee,Winter

Appearance

The common name seems obvious as these bees are covered all over with rich golden fur although the males my have seven dark bands on the abdomen.
About the size of a European honey bee but more rounded shape like a bumble bee.
Females build a nest usually in or near the ground containing several cells.

Naming

Saropoda bombiformis Smith, 1854 (synonym)

Distribution

Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, New Guinea

Status

Least concern

Behavior

Solitary bees

Habitat

Drier areas but near water tracts.

Predators

Cuckoo wasp (Thyreus lugubris)

References:

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https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:5625dfb5-1abf-49d3-b7b4-463a6bfa04a6#gallery
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amegilla_bombiformis
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderHymenoptera
FamilyApiaceae
GenusAmegilla
SpeciesAmegilla bombiformis
Photographed in
Australia