the pollinators - head down, bum up
native blue-banded bee on a Ernie's red pentas, and potentially threatened by the European honey bee import - see image in comments below. For the majority of that time it was assumed the European honey bee could only be of benefit to Australia's natural ecosystems. More recently however, researchers and conservationists have questioned this assumption. Honey bees are an introduced species and may be affecting native fauna and flora. In particular, native bees have been highlighted as an animal that may be experiencing competition from honey bees as they are of similar sizes and both species require nectar and pollen for their progeny.
The Blue-banded Bee has a golden brown head, and the abdomen is striped black and pale blue. Males rest overnight clinging to plant stems.
common in gardens
feeds on flowers, often blue coloured flowers
nest in burrow in banks, gaps in retaining walls, under houses.
Can sting but are not aggressive.
Common Name:Blue-banded Bee