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I felt like David Attenborough today!! I found this little one about to raid my buddleia, and thought a bee ?? or what ?? Anyway, googled and found it is a female blue banded bee.. Native to Australia.. I was so excited, hopefully I will manage to get some up to standard shots in the future, for now I am just sharing my excitement!! Grin

Excerpt from Aussie Bee
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.

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. Many blue banded bees may build their nest burrows in the same spot, close to one another, like neighbouring houses in a village.

Blue banded bees can perform a special type of pollination called 'buzz pollination'. Some flowers hide their pollen inside tiny capsules. A blue banded bee can grasp a flower like this and shiver her flight muscles, causing the pollen to shoot out of the capsule. She can then collect the pollen for her nest and carry it from flower to flower, pollinating the flowers. Quite a few of our native Australian flowers require buzz pollination eg Hibbertia, Senna.

Tomato flowers are also pollinated better when visited by a buzz pollinating bee. Researchers at the University of Adelaide are developing native blue banded bees for greenhouse tomato pollination. It would be much better for our environment to use our native blue banded bees for this purpose rather than introducing European bumblebees to Australia!

Thank you for the wonderful response to my last upload, Thing on a Twig.. and also many thanks for the Birthday wishes which were included..GrinGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:70.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 110.1 - 471.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Mar 2014 - 10:46 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:To Bee or not to Bee..
Username:Lynniesefforts Lynniesefforts
Uploaded:5 Mar 2014 - 11:08 AM
Tags:Australia, Blue Banded Bee, Wildlife / nature
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debu
debu  4 India
5 Mar 2014 - 11:11 AM

Superb set of images.
debu

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 11:17 AM

Wow Lynette, how exciting. Have never seen one before. Great narrative too. Well done

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mikbee
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5 Mar 2014 - 1:07 PM

Looks a busy bee indeed Lynnie !!
Good shots.
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SimonFletch
SimonFletch e2 Member SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 3:06 PM

Beautiful colour in your Buddleia and your busy bee story is very interesting indeed.
Well done for your attempt at tackling a very difficult subject to photograph.

Simon

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 4:56 PM

An excellent set Lynnie with a cracking write up. Surprising what we can learn from EPZ uploads.
Ray

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Caziwinkles
5 Mar 2014 - 5:02 PM

He sure is one very busy bee!! V2 for me with his eye more clearly defined.
Great interesting write up. Smile

Carol

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 - 7:13 PM

Wow Lynnie well done you and great write up. Cathy

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Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 9:05 PM

A great set of images Lynette, a great looking bee, agreat write upSmile


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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 9:22 PM

I just bet that you had fun getting these Lynette
Well done
Lillian

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nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2014 - 6:00 AM

As indicated above, it's a great write-up. A lovely set, indeed.

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