Have you seen a Sprinter bee?

With the warm sunny weather in Sydney recently, I decided to take a stroll to my neighbourhood park that is home to a variety of native plants currently in flower. This dash of colour is a welcome addition to a park dotted with introduced deciduous trees still bare and in winter mode. Some of native plants in flower include Grevillea, Acacia, Hakea (featured below) as well as Banksia and Isopogon.

As I watched the European honeybees foraging on the Westringia, I wondered ‘will I see a native Sprinter bee?”. So what’s a Sprinter bee? Well, I think it’s a bee that you see during what is traditionally known as late winter and early spring, or what Tim Entwisle calls Sprinter!

It didn’t take long before I spotted my first native Sprinter bee of the season, a gorgeous carpenter bee grooming itself as it sat on a coastal rosemary flower:

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.) on coastal rosemary (Westringia)

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.) on coastal rosemary (Westringia)

Actually, there were a few native Sprinter bees around. Here are a couple of videos of the native Sprinter bees I’ve seen in my neighbourhood over the past week. Tip: change the settings to HD for best quality pollinator viewing!

Carpenter bee foraging on white Grevillea

Reed bee foraging on Acacia

And just for the record, I’m not the only one looking out for pollinators in Winter/Sprinter – check out the latest #ozpollinators blog on winter pollinators! Have you noticed any native pollinator activity in your neighbourhood so far this Sprinter?

All photographs and videos by Yvonne Davila (@whydee13).


Presentation of CampusFlora to University Leaders from Central and Western China Region

CampusFlora is now available as a WebApp: http://campusflora.sydneybiology.org/

Congratulations to Rosanne Quinnell and her team of students and staff!


The creators of the CampusFlora app were invited by the International Leaders Programme at the Office of Global Engagement, University of Sydney, to present their app (http://goo.gl/swtg68) to a Delegation of Chinese University Leaders from Central and Western Region China. The University Leaders included university senior management as well as senior staff and representatives from the PRC Ministry of Education and National Academy of Education Administration (The University of Sydney’s key partner). The presentation was part of a two-day executive programme showcasing the latest development in teaching, learning, research and management in Australian higher education.

Welcome banner 28Nov14 Welcome at the Office for Global Engagement, The University of Sydney.

Delegation of Chinese University Leaders from Central and Western Region China Delegation of Chinese University Leaders from Central and Western Region China.

On behalf of the team, Dr Yvonne Davila, Dr Matthew Pye and Mr Shawn Wang explained the development of the app, focusing on the collaboration with students and the development of students’…

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