This post was begging to be reblogged what with the beautiful yet curious bee! Has anyone else heard of these? Chris, a very interesting thing indeed!
I managed to capture this cute little critter darting quickly around the basil flowers at Habitat in Harmony Community garden. This is a Blue Banded Bee (‘amegilla’ genus from the apidae family). These bees are very special because unlike common honey bees (introduced European species) these are native to australia and due to habitat destruction, they are sadly at risk. Blue banded bees are one of our most beautiful Australian native bees. They are about 11 mm long and have bands of metallic blue fur across their black abdomens.
I absolutely love Blue Banded Bees for a few reasons:
1. They are native. (yay!)
2. They do not sting.
3. Unlike European Bees, Blue banded bees are solitary. This means that each female bee mates and then builds a solitary nest by herself. Although they like building nests near each other, so maybe they like some company every now and…
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