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.
The following photograph is thought to be of the Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea, being the dominant species in the Talbot Road Bushland Conservation Area, although the similar looking Amegilla (Zonamegilla) murrayensis is also in the region.
Pictured here is the species Amegilla chlorocyanea bee, commonly known as the Blue-banded Bee.
The Amegilla chlorocyanea bee seen on the Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum).
Check out some of our Blogging Bees… on Amegilla Bees by our bloggers:
- Gary Taylor
- Marc Newman
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Hymenoptera
- Family: Apidae
- Tribe: Anthophorini
- Genus: Amegilla
- Species: over 250 species
Footnote & References
- Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club Newsletter, February 2021, http://alicefieldnaturalists.org.au/21_02.pdf
- Blue Banded Bees, Western Sydney University, https://www.bluebandedbees.org/
- Aussie Bee, Australian Native Bee Research Centre, https://www.aussiebee.com.au/anbrc.html
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