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Blue-banded Bee (male)

Amegilla cingulata


Amegilla cingulata, commonly known as the blue banded bee, is an Australian native bee. It belongs to the Anthophoridae family of insects. Currently, there are several scientific organisations conducting thorough research on how the blue banded bee benefits agriculture through its distinctive "buzz pollination". These bees are very important for the production of food. A. cingulata has a very striking appearance. Unlike the honey bee, it has pale blue stripes on its abdomen instead of yellow. The male can be distinguished by the number of complete bands, having five as opposed to the females' four. In size, A. cingulata can grow to 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in). Its appearance includes a golden brown head with bulging eyes that have multiple lenses. They have six sticky legs and a long tongue to help extract nectar from flowers. Scientists believe that male bees have brighter blue stripes to attract female bees.


Found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Malaysia and India. It appears to live in tropical and subtropical regions. The bees inhabit urban areas, woodlands, forests and heath areas.


Getting closer to getting a good photo of this Blue-banded Bee that lives in my garden!

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pamsai 9 years ago

thanks Arun and duttagupta35504...

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

These also hang around my condo but I have yet to take a photo of them- if I do it'll just be a blur. My only hope is to capture one pollinating.

Arun 10 years ago

Awesome ...

pamsai 10 years ago

thanks Argy Bee...

pamsai 10 years ago

@outdooreducation29, You'll just have to come to India! Or Australia! to see this bee...

pamsai 10 years ago

thanks Nuwan...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

You got it Pam. :)

pamsai 10 years ago

thanks Karin and martini... And yes martini, very nice PJ's... great colour!

pamsai 10 years ago

thanks maria, Ali and KarinL...

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago


pamsai 10 years ago

thanks Shanna and RiekoS

MartinL 10 years ago

So this must be a male.
Nice pajamas.

KarenL 10 years ago

Gorgeous Pam!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 10 years ago

very nice...

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Nice capture!

RiekoS 10 years ago

Never seen blue bee. Interesting.

ShannaB 10 years ago

Great one Pam!!

pamsai 10 years ago

@ Satyen, hehehe, thanks... New camera definitely helps!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Good luck!

pamsai 10 years ago

@Satyen, Just need to find another angle, so we can see the eyes...!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Amazing Pamela!

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Jan 20, 2013
Submitted on Jan 20, 2013

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