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White-banded Digger Bee (Sleeping)

Amegilla quadrifasciata

Description:

solitary male bee asleep; previous night to this spotting there were 3 sleeping bees lined up on the vine

Habitat:

spotted outside the front door, nearby to several large lavender plants that the bees have been foraging

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15 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Yes, that'd be my bet :-)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Yay! Thanks for the help. :-)

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 8 years ago

Well done Bernadette - you solved the mystery :)

Dave

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thanks for the input, S Frazier! I would have expected blue bands but I see from your spotting that's not always the case. Could it be Amegilla quadrifasciata, which is found in Italy?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Yes, notwithstanding location, it looks like a blue-banded bee. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/179...

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Interesting! I had no idea bees had different pollinating techniques. Will have to read more about bees and tomatoes!

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 8 years ago

Nice shot. Quite different though, more of a honey bee look about it.

Normal bees are not very good at pollinating tomatoes. Blue banded bees use a thing called 'buzz pollination', were they clamp onto a stem and vibrate. This shakes the pollen loose and causes the pollination. So it is possible that the local tomato plantations may have imported the bees.

Dave

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thanks for the input, Dave! Not sure about farms per se, but every home in the area grows their own tomatoes, including this one. Here's my spotting of some bees on the lavender plants: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/345... There was more than one type buzzing around so not sure if these are the same as this sleeping one.

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 8 years ago

This just has to be a blue banded bee, Amegilla cingulata.

I could not find any articles about the bees being introduced into Italy, but my bet is that there are tomato farms near where you live.

Dave

injica
injica 8 years ago

Megachilidae leaf cutter bee ?

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thanks, Satyen and Suzanne! I had never thought about bees sleeping and so of course had to read up on it when I came across these ones.

suzmonk
suzmonk 8 years ago

Bees sleep. Don't know why I find that so surprising ... very nice photo.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely! Looks like our Blue Banded Bee!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thank you, TicThapanya!

TicThapanya
TicThapanya 8 years ago

beautiful shot

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

Umbertide, UMB, Italy

Spotted on Jul 11, 2013
Submitted on Jul 25, 2013

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