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Species Guide: Urban Invertebrates

Bees, Wasps and Ants

Blue-banded bee (Amegilla cingulata)

Bees, Lebah

They usually have a hairy, round body and their legs are usually hidden when flying. They only sting when provoked.

Paper wasp

Wasps, Tebuan

The body is slender and narrow-waisted, with little to no hair. Their legs hang down when flying. They only sting when provoked.

Weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina)

Ants, Semut

They have a thin waist and are usually wingless, sometimes divided into smaller workers and larger soldiers. ‘Ant bites’ are usually the acidic stings of ants.

Local name: Lebah

Ecological function: pollinators

Level in food chain: primary consumer

Feeding behaviour: nectarivore

Microhabitat: sometimes live in colonies in hives

Local name: Tebuan

Ecological function: prey-predator relationship, pollinator

Level in food chain: secondary consumer

Feeding behaviour: nectarivore, carnivore

Microhabitat: sometimes live in colonies in grounds or in roof spaces

Local name: Semut

Ecological function: decomposer, scavenger

Level in food chain: primary and secondary consumer

Feeding behaviour: detritovore, omnivore

Microhabitat: almost everywhere