Bees & Bugs

Teddybear Bee

This is as close as a bumblebee that I will ever see here. Taken me three days to get a decent photo. (sent from my Nokia)

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15 thoughts on “Teddybear Bee

    • They flit around at an amazing speed, Paula. You probably know that Tasmania is the only state with the European bumblebee. I thought this was one of those until I remembered reading about our native ones. I never expected them to be so big!

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      • We used to get these native ‘bumblebees’ in our garden in the Adelaide Hills, Christine, so I know exactly what you mean. It’s difficult for me to be sure now, so many years later, how much the two types differ in size. But I adore the European bumblebees we get now 🙂

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  1. Sorry everyone, thanks for visiting. I’m having PC issues which have thrown me off the rails (computer issues, that is!) I meant to follow up this photo from my phone with a full post.

    Anyway, to answer M-R’s question … this gigantic bee is an Australian native and I was just flabbergasted when it arrived, with a mate, and a cousin – the blue-banded bee from the same family (half the size, but still biggish).

    Wikipedia…
    Amegilla bombiformis, commonly known as the Teddy Bear Bee or Golden haired mortar bee, is an Australian native bee in the family Apidae.

    Bombiformis is Latin for ‘form of a bumblebee’

    🙂 I’ll post proper tonight.

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