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Blue Banded Bee

Amegilla cingulata


A small distinctive bee with blue, sometimes green bands on its abdomen, depending on the lighting. The thorax is hairy rust brown.


Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.


Extremely fast, skilled fliers, emitting a loud high pitched sound that can be unnerving if they pass close by. They rarely stay still for more than a second when feeding, making them difficult to photograph. The hover motionless while feeding, which ironically makes in-flight shots a possibility, but it is a numbers game.

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sunnyjosef 4 years ago

Great spotting. Congrats.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 4 years ago

Congratulations!great shot!

Congratulations on the SotD !

Awesome shot folicallychalled,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

medusasnakes123 4 years ago


Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 4 years ago

A well deserved honor!!!! Amazing spotting

JoshuaGSmith 4 years ago

Amazing! Great photo. There are very similar bees in CA where I used to live that would pollinate flowers and then retreat to a burrow.

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD.

folicallychalled 4 years ago

Thanks Beaker :)

beaker98 4 years ago

Cingrats on SOTD! This is a spectacular shot!

Yasser 4 years ago

Dave, no worries and my apologies for the annoyance! I'll look up your email now and send you a reply. Thanks for your patience and congrats again!

folicallychalled 4 years ago

Thankyou so much Yasser, to be picked for SOTD is a privilage indeed.

However, I am unable to upload anything today, which is must unfortunate, as I have a beauty all ready to go. I have reported the problem on the contacts page and by email, but no response as yet - frustrating.

Hopefully the problem can be remedied very soon and I can delete this comment from the records.


Yasser 4 years ago

Congratulations! This sensational snapshot is our Spotting of the Day! Thank you for the patience and persistence that we all know went into getting this perfect shot. Congrats again and we can't wait to see what you share next.


folicallychalled 4 years ago

Thanks Venus and Jason - sometimes you just get lucky :)


James McNair
James McNair 4 years ago


CalebSteindel 4 years ago

wow, just amazing!

Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Lat: -6.85, Long: 107.58

Spotted on Jan 8, 2015
Submitted on Jan 9, 2015

Spotted for missions


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