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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.

 

Identification

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.

 

Size

10-12mm

 

Habitat

common in gardens

 

Food

feeds on flowers, often blue coloured flowers

 

Breeding

nest in burrow in banks, gaps in retaining walls, under houses.

 

Notes

Can sting but are not aggressive.

   

Classification

Class:Insecta

Order:Hymenoptera

Family:Anthophoridae

Genus:Amegilla

Species:cingulata

Common Name:Blue-banded Bee

(Source: ozanimals.com)

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Taken on December 18, 2011