Dr Katja Hogendoorn

Katja Hogendoorn
Research Associate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Research Interests

My fundamental research interests are in behavioural ecology and evolution of native bees, in particular related to mating, social and foraging behaviour. I also contribute to taxonomy and phylogeography of native bees.

My applied interests are in enhancing the environment for crop pollinating bees, development of native bees as greenhouse pollinators, the use of bees as vectors of biological control agents, and the conservation of native bees.

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Dr Katja Hogendoorn

Research Interests

My fundamental research interests are in behavioural ecology and evolution of native bees, in particular related to mating, social and foraging behaviour. I also contribute to taxonomy and phylogeography of native bees.

My applied interests are in enhancing the environment for crop pollinating bees, development of native bees as greenhouse pollinators, the use of bees as vectors of biological control agents, and the conservation of native bees.

Promoting bee health and crop pollination

Our research focuses on the maintenance and enhancement of bees as pollinators of crops and native plants. We aim to improve management decisions to improve bee health, biodiversity, and crop pollination services, outside and in greenhouses. To achieve this, we try to better understand bee behaviour, including  foraging, nesting and mating behaviour, so their natural requirements can be better met. In addition,we aim to translate this information to beekeepers, growers of pollination dependent crops and restoration and land care managers, to improve landscape support for crop pollinators.

Currently, the group is heavily involved in a large collaboration between South Australian researchers, primary industries, governmental organisations and NGOs to design habitat for crop pollinators around, lucerne, apple/pear, canola, and almond. The project is supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit Programme. We are also part of the newly started CRC for honey bee products, where we will investigate the potential for plantings in and among almond orchards for honey production.


About 30% of Australian bees is as yet undescribed. We try to remedy this by describing new species. Another issue is that the known species are often difficult to identify because there is a great lack of experts, and only half are covered by identification keys. We try to offer a way out by raising funds to create a barcode library of all reliably identified species. In the future, this should enable anyone with molecular capability to identify Australian native bees.

Bees as Flying Doctors

We promote entomovectoring, i.e. the use of honey bees as flying doctors to the deliver biological control agents to flowers. This video explains some of the benefits of this method:

Our Research Group

Our group includes two postdocs: Scott Groom and Beth Fung, two PhD students and two honours students (see under supervision for names and projects).


In the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, I collaborate mainly with Eileen ScottMike Keller, Kate Delaporte, Carlos Rodriguez Lopez, Tim CavagnaroCas Collins,

Other collaborators within the University of Adleiade, the SA Herbarium and Museum include: Andy Lowe, Phil Weinstein, Martin Breed, Nick Gellie, Ben Sparrow, Patrick O'Connor, Michelle Waycott (Herbarium), Remko Leijs and Mark Stevens (SA Museum)...further links to be added

Within Australia: Ben Oldroyd, Tanya Latty, Romina Rader, Saul Cunningham, Michael Batley, Tim Heard, Liz Barbour.

Internationally: Marten Scheffer (Wageningen), Hayo Velthuis (Wellseind), Heikki Hokkanen (Finland), Solange Augusto (Ueberlandia), Callin Switzer and Stacey Coombe (Harvard), Robert Paxton (Halle).


Language Competencies

Language Competency
Dutch; Flemish Can read, speak, understand spoken and peer review
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
French Can read, speak and understand spoken
German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Spanish; Castilian Can read, speak and understand spoken

Research Interests

Behavioural Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity, Evolutionary Biology


Year Citation
2017 Leijs, R., Batley, M. & Hogendoorn, K. (2017). The genus Amegilla (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Anthophorini) in Australia: A revision of the subgenera Notomegilla and Zonamegilla. ZooKeys, 2017, 653, 79-140.
2016 Leijs, R. & Hogendoorn, K. (2016). New species of goniocolletes and trichocolletes (Hymenoptera, colletidae) from Southern Australia. ZooKeys, 2016, 598, 99-111.
2016 Switzer, C., Hogendoorn, K., Ravi, S. & Combes, S. (2016). Shakers and head bangers: differences in sonication behavior between Australian Amegilla murrayensis (blue-banded bees) and North American Bombus impatiens (bumblebees). Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 10, 1, 1-8.
2016 Hogendoorn, K., Anantanawat, K. & Collins, C. (2016). Cap removal by honey bees leads to higher pollen rewards from grapevine flowers. Apidologie, 47, 5, 671-678.
2015 Hogendoorn, K., Stevens, M. & Leijs, R. (2015). DNA barcoding of euryglossine bees and the description of new species of Euhesma Michener (Hymenoptera, Colletidae, Euryglossinae). ZooKeys, 2015, 520, 41-59.
2013 Junqueira, C., Yamamoto, M., Oliveira, P., Hogendoorn, K. & Augusto, S. (2013). Nest management increases pollinator density in passion fruit orchards. Apidologie, 44, 6, 729-737.
2012 Junqueira, C., Hogendoorn, K. & Augusto, S. (2012). The use of trap-nests to manage carpenter bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Xylocopini), pollinators of passion fruit (Passifloraceae: Passiflora edulis f. flavicarpa). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 105, 6, 884-889.
2012 Juen, A., Hogendoorn, K., Ma, G., Schmidt, O. & Keller, M. (2012). Analysing the diets of invertebrate predators using terminal restriction fragments. Journal of Pest Science, 85, 1, 89-100.
2012 Leijs, R., van Nes, E., Watts, C., Cooper, S., Humphreys, W. & Hogendoorn, K. (2012). Evolution of blind beetles in isolated aquifers: a test of alternative modes of speciation. PLoS One, 7, 3, 1-8.
2010 Hogendoorn, K., Bartholomaeus, F. & Keller, M. (2010). Chemical and sensory comparison of tomatoes pollinated by bees and by a pollination wand. Journal of Economic Entomology, 103, 4, 1286-1292.
2009 Batley, M. & Hogendoorn, K. (2009). Diversity and conservation status of native Australian bees. Apidologie, 40, 3, 347-354.
2008 Zammit, J., Hogendoorn, K. & Schwarz, M. (2008). Strong constraints to independent nesting in a facultatively social bee: quantifying the effects of enemies-at-the-nest. Insectes Sociaux, 55, 1, 74-78.
2008 Leijs, R. & Hogendoorn, K. (2008). Correlated evolution of mating behaviour and morphology in large carpenter bees (Xylocopa). Apidologie, 39, 1, 119-132.
2007 Stevens, M., Hogendoorn, K. & Schwarz, M. (2007). Evolution of sociality by natural selection on variances in reproductive fitness: evidence from a social bee. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 7, 153, 1-9.
2007 Hogendoorn, K., Coventry, S. & Keller, M. (2007). Foraging behaviour of a blue banded bee, Amegilla chlorocyanea in greenhouses: implications for use as tomato pollinators. Apidologie, 38, 1, 86-92.
2006 Hogendoorn, K., Gross, C., Sedgley, M. & Keller, M. (2006). Increased tomato yield through pollination by native Australian Amegilla chlorocyanea (Hymenoptera : Anthophoridae). Journal of Economic Entomology, 99, 3, 828-833.
2006 Langer, P., Hogendoorn, K., Schwarz, M. & Keller, L. (2006). Reproductive skew in the Australian allodapine bee Exoneura robusta. Animal Behaviour, 71, 1, 192-201.
2005 Wallman, J., Leijs, R. & Hogendoorn, K. (2005). Molecular systematics of Australian carrion-breeding blowflies (Diptera : Calliphoridae) based on mitochondrial DNA. Invertebrate Systematics, 19, 1, 1-15.
2004 Langer, P., Hogendoorn, K. & Keller, L. (2004). Tug-of-war over reproduction in a social bee. Nature, 428, 6985, 844-847.
2001 Hogendoorn, K. & Zammit, J. (2001). Benefits of cooperative breeding through increased colony survival in an allodapine bee. Insectes Sociaux, 48, 4, 392-397.
2001 Hogendoorn, K., Watiniasih, N. & Schwarz, Q. (2001). Extended alloparental care in the almost solitary bee Exoneurella eremophila (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 50, 3, 275-282.
2000 Hogendoorn, K., Steen, Z. & Schwarz, M. (2000). Native Australian carpenter bees as a potential alternative to introducing bumble bees for tomato pollination in greenhouses. Journal of Apicultural Research, 39, 1-2, 67-74.
1999 Hogendoorn, K. & Velthuis, H. (1999). Task allocation and reproductive skew in social mass provisioning carpenter bees in relation to age and size. Insectes Sociaux, 46, 3, 198-207.
1998 Hogendoorn, K. & Schwarz, M. (1998). Guarding specialisation in pre-reproductive colonies of the allodapine bee exoneura bicolor. Ethology Ecology and Evolution, 10, 1, 67-77.
1998 Schwarz, M., Bull, N. & Hogendoorn, K. (1998). Evolution of sociality in the allodapine bees: A review of sex allocation, ecology and evolution. Insectes Sociaux, 45, 4, 349-368.
1997 Hogendoorn, K. & Leys, R. (1997). Life-Cycle of Halictus rubicundus Christ (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) in the Netherlands: Comparison of Two Populations. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 70, 4, 347-352.
1996 Hogendoorn, K. (1996). Socio-economies of brood destruction during supersedure in the carpenter bee Xylocopa pubescens. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 9, 6, 931-952.
1995 Hogendoorn, K. & Velthuis, H. (1995). The role of young guards in Xylocopa pubescens. Insectes Sociaux, 42, 4, 427-448.
1993 Hogendoorn, K. & Leys, R. (1993). The superseded female's dilemma: ultimate and proximate factors that influence guarding behaviour of the carpenter bee Xylocopa pubescens. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 33, 6, 371-381.
1993 Hogendoorn, K. & Velthuis, H. (1993). The sociality of Xylocopa pubescens: does a helper really help?. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 32, 4, 247-257.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Switzer, C., Hogendoorn, K., Ravi, S. & Combes, S. (2016). Shakers and head bangers: Differences in sonication behavior between Australian blue banded bees and North American bumblebees. Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB). Portland, OR.
1999 Schwarz, M. & Hogendoorn, K. (1999). Biodiversity and conservation of Australian native bees. Meeting on the Other 99 Percent - the Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates. W. Ponder & D. Lunney (Eds.) AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.

Report for External Bodies

list of funding sources and amounts

Research bees, their behaviour and food. I supervise postgraduate students, but do not teach undergraduates.

I currently supervise:

  • PhD students:
    • Trace Akankunda                    Genetic adaptations that maintain polylectic behaviour in Lasioglossum (Chilalictus)
    • Jorgiane Benevenute Parish     Storage of beneficial and plant pathological fungi in honey bee hives: consequences for crp and hive health
  • Honours students
    • Amber Spronk                         Vegetation management strategies to support bees that pollinate apples in the Adelaide Hills
    • Travis Brunnbauer                    The effects of pollination on apple quality

Past students:

Elisabeth Fung (PhD 2017)                  RNA viruses in Australian Bees

Arthur Mark (PhD 2014)                       Buzzing bees and the evolution of sexual floral dimorphism in Australian spiny Solanum


Date Role Membership Country
2014 - ongoing Australasian Society for the Study of Social Insects
2004 - ongoing Australian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour
2001 - ongoing Australian Entomological Society

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2015 - ongoing Director Australian Entomological Society Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2013 - 2017 Editor Arthropod-Plant Interactions
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