Blue-Banded Bees

Blue-Banded Bees

Amegilla

These bees are known as “buzz pollinators” in that they are able to vibrate their bodies in such a way as to get flowers to eject pollen. This makes them a good pollinator of plants such as tomatoes, potatoes and blueberries. At night the males roost above ground by clamping their jaws onto twigs and stems so you’ll often find them hanging out together…literally! The females dig burrows up to 10cm deep with a variety of tunnels coming off from it in which she sets up cells for her young. Their life span is just 90 days.

These beautiful images are by Bob Luttrell

 

A blue banded bee holding onto the twig with its jaws (mandibles).

How gorgeous is this!?!

 

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