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To Bee or not to Bee..

By Lynniesefforts  
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

Tags: Australia Wildlife and nature Blue Banded Bee

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debu 7 India
5 Mar 2014 11:11AM
Superb set of images.
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ColleenA Plus
4 324 5 Australia
5 Mar 2014 11:17AM
Wow Lynette, how exciting. Have never seen one before. Great narrative too. Well done
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
5 Mar 2014 1:07PM
Looks a busy bee indeed Lynnie !!
Good shots.
Mick.
5 Mar 2014 3:06PM
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
Billyray 9 70 3 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 4:56PM
An excellent set Lynnie with a cracking write up. Surprising what we can learn from EPZ uploads.
Ray
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 5:02PM
He sure is one very busy bee!! V2 for me with his eye more clearly defined.
Great interesting write up. Smile

Carol
Wow Lynnie well done you and great write up. Cathy
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 124 14 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 9:05PM
A great set of images Lynette, a great looking bee, agreat write upSmile


Cliff
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 9:22PM
I just bet that you had fun getting these Lynette
Well done
Lillian
nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
6 Mar 2014 6:00AM
As indicated above, it's a great write-up. A lovely set, indeed.

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