See Videos of Blue Banded Bees. Blue Banded Bees are amongst our most beautiful Australian native bees. They are about 11 mm long and have bands of metallic blue fur across their black abdomens. Blue Banded Bees are solitary bees. This means that each female bee mates and then builds a solitary nest by herself. She builds her nest in a shallow burrow in clay soil or sometimes in mudbricks.
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This page contains pictures and information about Blue-banded Bees that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. Notice the bee's long tongue in the pictures. They use their long tongue to suck the nectar deep in the flowers. We took the above picture at Wishart in mid summer while the bee visiting its fond of lavender Lavandula flowers. Blue-banded Bees are known as buzz pollinators. They use special technique to get the pollen from flowers known as buzz pollination.
They hold the flowers and vibrate with loud buzz sound. The vibration excited the flower which drop the pollen onto the bees body.
Other insects do not know this technique cannot get the pollen. Every time the bees rest on a flower, we can hear a short loud buzz sound. Black Leioproctus Bee. Banded Hairless Bee. Small Metallic-green Bee. Small Metallic-banded Bee. Green and Gold Nomia Bee. Black Nomia Bee. Gold-barred Nomia Bee. Gold-tipped Leafcutter Bee. Fire-tailed Resin Bee. Resin-dauber Bee. Teddy Bear Bee. Blue-banded Bee.
Neon Cuckoo Bee. Great Carpenter Bee. Metallic Carpenter Bee. Green Carpenter Bee. Native Stingless Bee. Unknown Bees. Guest book. This is a solitary bee but females may build nest together in same location with other Blue-banded Bees. Blue-banded Bees are common in Brisbane gardens. Blue-banded Bees are are native to Australia, although they or their close relatives can be found in other continents. They do sting but they are not aggressive, i. Both Teddy Bear Bees and Blue-banded Bees fly with the dart-and-hover flight pattern, which is faster and more jerky that the common Honey Bees.
Blue-banded Bees love blue flowers. To encourage their visit, you may grow more blue flowers in your garden. The Blue-banded Bees in pictures above are all females.
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. Male do not build nest. They will cluster for the night hanging from stems or leaves by their jaws. Blue-banded Bee female build nest in soft decomposing sandstone.
They also build nest in in wall of low-concrete mud brick house. Those female bees build nest and provision their brood without the help from males. Female bees rest inside the nest during the night. Males do not build nest and they rest on grass stem in small group, as shown in the above pictures.
They hold themselves on stem by their jaws. They are smaller size than females and relatively not so "blue". Sometimes other Hymenoptera wasp and bee species may be found resting together on the same grass stem in a small area.
Just before sunset, those wasps and bees can be seen gathering together in a small area. Those area is usually an open area with tall grasses. The wasps and bees start resting on grass stems. They find a good position to rest for the whole night, where usually the stand alone tallest grass in the area. The favorite spot becomes quite crowded. Sometimes the insects may have body contact but there are not any conflict.
The occupancies will move a bit to give some space for the new comers. Food Plant in the wild There are a lot of garden flowers as the food plants for Blue-banded Bees.
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Common Blue-banded Bee
Fig 1. When one thinks of bees, the image that comes to mind is that of the typical honey bee, with its trademark black and yellow abdomen. However, there is a large variety of bees that do not follow this form, of which many can be found in Singapore. One such example is the Blue-banded bee Amegilla zonata which, as its name suggests, has blue bands on its abdomen instead of yellow. Through this webpage, I hope to be able to showcase a remarkable and unique bee species in Singapore, and show that not all bees are like the more commonly known honey bee. This likely refers to the distinct metallic-blue bands on its abdomen. Its common name directly refers to this feature on the abdomen as well.
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The Common Blue-banded Bee stands out because of the blue bands across its black abdomen and because of its darting, hovering flight pattern. It was thought that these bees only visited blue and purple flowers. This is not true, but they do seem to like lavender and are attracted to blue objects, including clothing. The Common Blue-banded Bee builds a solitary nest, but often close to one another. It prefers soft sandstone to burrow in, and areas of this type of rock can become riddled with bee tunnels. It also likes mud-brick houses and often burrows into the mortar in old buildings. A regular visitor to Sydney gardens is the Common Blue-banded Bee.