Bees & Bugs

Amegilla: Blue-banded Bee

I’m still not having much luck with getting the Nikon to focus in time on this bee – the perfect reminder why I need to know how to deal with manual settings.

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The blue-banded bee is a solitary bee. After the female has mated, she makes her nest and raises the young herself. She tunnels into the ground or into mud brick. They are in all Australian States except Tasmania.

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I love the metallic blue furry stripes!

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All adult blue-banded bees die with the onset of cold weather. The young and juveniles stay in the nests until the warmer months when they will fly (October – April).

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The adult is 11mm long and they are not aggressive. Their sting is mild.

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(Nikon D3000, on auto)

Thanks for looking.

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