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Blue-banded Bee (female)

Amegilla cingulata


Last year I spotted one of these bees in my garden, once. This year I find them all over the garden and sometimes 2 or 3 together on one bush. They seem to be very territorial and chase each other away when this happens. They have discovered the wealth of pollen in my garden, and must be breeding somewhere. This one is a female, with 4 blue stripes. The males have 5.

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pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Sergio and Glen. Missed your comments way back when...

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Pam, that's a fantastic series. Hand-held camera shots, just great!

HarumKoh 7 years ago

all flying bee shots! amazing!! nice color, well fashioned bees! :))

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 8 years ago

Excellent series!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Awesome photos, Pamsai.

pamsai 8 years ago

Added 2 more photos of the female Blue-banded Bee.

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks Wendy...

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks KrantiAzad.... I love the side view also. Those stripes are just spectacular... This was my first effort, back view of a male.

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks Jolly Ibanez

Wendy Clapham
Wendy Clapham 8 years ago

What a beauty!

KrantiAzad 8 years ago

all are good but i loved the last one !

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks DoinaRussu

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Beautiful series Pam

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks LeanneGardner...

DoinaRussu 8 years ago

excellent, compliments!

pamsai 8 years ago

thanks travellingchez and KarenL for your comments

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Lovely Pam! I think these bees are just so beautiful :)

pamsai 8 years ago

Hehehe leuba. Irises! No these small flowers are on a shrub called Sky flower, Golden Dew Drop or Pigeon Berry. Botanical name is Duranta erecta.
thanks for the kind comment. They surely do zoooooom...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Great photos Pam - are those Irises growing in Thiru ??! you must be one great gardener !! good to know that you have got a few of these guys around.
I saw one two days ago - zoom past me. I am yet to photograph one.
Thanks for the information about gender id.

KarenL 8 years ago

Lovely capture Pam!

travellingchez 8 years ago

Brilliant capture.

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Feb 11, 2013
Submitted on Feb 11, 2013


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