There are over 250 species of Amegilla bees around the world. They are a group of native bee species that do not produce honey, but are very important pollinators of native plants and crops. This group of bees have a darting, hovering flight pattern.

The Amegilla bees are often commonly called banded bees, because of their characteristic striped abdomens, as well as having a golden-brown head.

This group of bees are not considered aggressive, but can sting in defence. Their sting is mild, compared to the honey bee.

Being solitary bees, they live independently and nest in burrows in the soil, soft sandstone, even old motor and mud bricks. The male bees are seen to rest overnight by clinging to plant stems.

Pictured here is the species Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, commonly known as the Blue-banded Bee.

Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, Alice Springs, NT
Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, Alice Springs, NT

The Amegilla chlorocyanea bee seen on the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Apidae
  • Tribe: Anthophorini
  • Genus: Amegilla
  • Species: over 250 species

Footnote & References

  1. Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club Newsletter, February 2021, http://alicefieldnaturalists.org.au/21_02.pdf
  2. Blue Banded Bees, Western Sydney University, https://www.bluebandedbees.org/
  3. Aussie Bee, Australian Native Bee Research Centre, https://www.aussiebee.com.au/anbrc.html