Blue Banded Bee

7 posts / 0 new
Last post
shoop's picture
Blue Banded Bee

First time seeing one of these bees , had to look him up on the internet to find out his name.

Annie W
Annie W's picture

In Kings Park too shoop?  Awesome shots!  I've never seen one of these either - and a beautiful native bee to boot!!  I adore the Bumblebees in Tas - to look at that is - but still wish they hadn't been "accidentally" introduced.

These Blue-banded Bees are so pretty.

West Coast Tasmania

timmo's picture

Awesome stuff shoop.

I love these guys too, they're kind of chunky and pretty at the same time.

They seem to love the basil flowering at my place, but I haven't seen them around yet this summer. These guys are apparently solitary bees that dig their "hives" as tunnels into mud and soil banks.


Woko's picture

Sometimes not so solitary, timmo. I counted about 60 blue-banded bees on the flowers of black anther-flax lily Dianella revoluta on one occasion. In spring & summer we get two or three on our Eremophilas. No sign of them in the colder months.

sparrow's picture

Great photos, We had one in the garden today, my wife tried to get some photos on her ipone .HA some hope! by the time I dug out a macro lens and got back it was gone but now I'll be watching for it.

shoop's picture

at least they suit the haloween theme , this little guy looks like he has one of those skeleton suits on.

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

windshear's picture

Wow, they're really cute. Great pics too, btw.

 and   @birdsinbackyards
                 Subscribe to me on YouTube