Bush Blitzers find fossil remains at Credo Station

A fossilised brood bee cell was one of the fascinating finds made by scientists during the recent Bush Blitz at Credo Station.

A fossilised brood bee cells was one of the fascinating finds made by scientists during the recent Bush Blitz at Credo Station in the WA goldfields.

The fossil remains of brood bee cells are one of the fascinating finds made by scientists during the recent Bush Blitz at Credo Station in Western Australia’s goldfields.

Scientist Remko Leijs, who made the interesting discovery, says they are most probably the nests of the ancient ancestors of the Stenotridae bee family. This family is found only in Australia. Three species of this family have been found during the Credo Bush Blitz expedition, which is documenting the plants and animals found on this reserve managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation (WA) as part of the National Reserve System.

A be _Stenotridae family

A bee belonging to the Stenotridae family – found only in Australia.

Before you get too excited, the fossil bee brood cells do require further investigation to confirm their identify and to see if they can be dated. Take a look at the photos.

Mim Jambrecina
Bush Blitz Senior Project Officer

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