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Blue Banded Bee

Amegilla cingulata

Description:

The genus Amegilla is common species throughout the Asia-Pacific region from China all the way to Australia. This bee has a very striking appearance. There are many different species in this genus. Blue-banded bees are so called because their abdomens are striped with brilliant blue or blue-green on black. They can sting but are not as aggressive as other bees. The males cling to plant stems during the night. Like the whole anthophoridae family, they are quick and agile. They are solitary creatures, whereas honey bees create hives. A. cingulata collects the majority of its nectar from blue flowers, although they also feed on some non-blue flowers. The bees use a process that involves clinging onto flowers and vibrating powerfully, which causes the food source to shoot out. They only have a limited foraging range of 300 m, while females make at least nine foraging flights per day. Amegilla cingulata builds a solitary nest, but often close to one another. It prefers soft sandstone to burrow in, and areas of this type of rock can become riddled with bee tunnels. Blue banded bees also tend to nest in burrows, dried up river banks, old clay homes and in mortar between bricks. Cells at the end of tunnels contain an egg with a pollen/nectar mixture for emerging larvae

Habitat:

Seen on a Lantana plant in my garden. The bees inhabit urban areas, woodlands, forests and heath areas.

Notes:

Details from wikipedia.

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126 Comments (1–25)

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 weeks ago

Thanks :)

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 3 weeks ago

Great picture. I love blue.

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 months ago

Thanks Vivian!

vivianpoma
vivianpoma 7 months ago

amazing color

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Thanks macaul. My camera is the size of a normal dslr, and the lens is a 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens.

mcaul6515
mcaul6515 a year ago

Wow! How big is your camera!

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Great job Pam!

pamsai
pamsai a year ago

and getting closer still...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/179...
Now there are many of them in the garden.

pamsai
pamsai a year ago

Hi Satyan... getting closer to getting a good shot of this Blue-banded Bee that lives in my garden!
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/170...
the new camera helps!

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Thanks Scott.

ScottJBaguley
ScottJBaguley a year ago

really cool bee!

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Thanks Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Congrats Satyen..

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Thank you Braulio!

Congrats!
Such an amazing combination of colors and contrast!

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Thanks a lot Atul!

Atul
Atul a year ago

Congratulations Buddy for the well deserved Selection :)

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Thanks Leanne.

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner a year ago

Congratulations Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Thanks Jeannette, gatorfellows and Mac.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen a year ago

Congratulations Satyen

gatorfellows
gatorfellows a year ago

congratulations :)

Jeannette
Jeannette a year ago

Congratulations Satyen :)

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Wow! Thanks for making my day Karen! Thanks Gerardo, pamsai, Hema, Cindy, Maria, Shanna and J for your kind words.

Jakubko
Jakubko a year ago

Congrats, Satyen! I'm so glad your favorite has been selected for this honor! It's so beautiful!

Maharashtra, India

Lat: 19.80, Long: 72.75

Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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