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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'.
Found at dusk on lavender shrub in suburban backyard garden. Known to favour blue flowers. Short range of 300m.
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.
Spotted on Nov 2, 2015
Submitted on Mar 9, 2016