The Blue-banded Bees in pictures above are all females. Males rest in small group Blue-banded Bee Males have five blue bands while females have only four. The males have the abdomen tip segment in blue while the female has this segment reduced. We sometimes found them resting on dry grass stem in our backyard after sunset. Blue-banded Bees build their nests underground in soil.
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Taxonomy[ edit ] A. The genus Amegilla contains over additional species, but several are virtually indistinguishable from A. Blue-banded bee A. Unlike honey bees , it has pale opalescent blue stripes on its abdomen. Distribution and habitat[ edit ] A. The bees inhabit urban areas , woodlands, forests, and heath areas. The species is found all over Australia, excluding Tasmania. Behaviour[ edit ] Blue-banded bees can sting, but are not as aggressive as other bees.
They appear to be more rapid in movement than other bees. The males cling to plant stems during the night. They are solitary creatures, with single females inhabiting burrows in the soft sandstone or clay, unlike social species such as honey bees , which live in large colonies. Male blue-banded bee Diet[ edit ] A. The bees use a process that involves clinging onto flowers and vibrating powerfully, which increases the release of pollen. They only have a limited foraging range around m from their nest, and females make at least nine foraging flights per day.
Blue-banded bees tend to nest in burrows in dried-up river banks, old clay homes, and mortar between bricks, but may also burrow in soft sandstone, and areas of this type of rock can become riddled with bee tunnels. Its nests are parasitized by the neon cuckoo bee Thyreus nitidulus.
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References Taxonomy A. The genus Amegilla contains over additional species, but several are virtually indistinguishable from A. Blue-banded bee A. Unlike honey bees , it has pale opalescent blue stripes on its abdomen. Distribution and habitat A. The bees inhabit urban areas , woodlands, forests, and heath areas.