AppearanceThe 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.
NamingSaropoda bombiformis Smith, 1854 (synonym)
DistributionVictoria, New South Wales, Queensland, New Guinea
HabitatDrier areas but near water tracts.
PredatorsCuckoo wasp (Thyreus lugubris)
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