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Blue-Banded Bee

Amegilla cingulata

Description:

Extra fluffy bee with pale blue-green stripes on abdomen (bluer in real life, light was poor, shot on a mobile phone), golden brown thorax, and pale eyes. An important pollinator of Australian crops, through 'buzz polination'.

Habitat:

Found at dusk on lavender shrub in suburban backyard garden. Known to favour blue flowers. Short range of 300m.

Notes:

Seemed reluctant to move, stayed completely still, huddled up on leaf probably for the night. This behavior in addition to the number of complete stripes (5), means it was a male bee.

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2 Comments

flyingfrogconcepts
flyingfrogconcepts 4 years ago

I have heard that they are REALLY hard to photogaph in flight.

Vinny
Vinny 4 years ago

Cool little guys, every time I pull the camera out they seem to fly away!

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 2, 2015
Submitted on Mar 9, 2016

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