Known as the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla chlorocyanea) or simply the Amegilla, are a robust looking bee, usually with golden to light-brown head and thorax. Although known as the Blue-banded Bee… they do not all have blue bands, some are white, yellow, pale green, and a number of variations and mixes in between, alternating with the black band.
A native specie to Australia, these solitary bees collect nectar from a variety of plants, including blue, white and yellow flowers.
The Amegilla bees are usually heard as they collect pollen through a process called ‘buzz pollination’. This involves the bees hanging onto the flowers and shaking them at a specific frequency enabling the releasing of the nectar and pollen. These bees are a significant pollinator of many types of crops such as tomatoes and eggplants.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Hymenoptera
- Family: Anthophoridae
- Subfamily: Apinae
- Tribe: Anthophorini
- Genus: Amegilla
- Species: A chlorocyanea
- Binomial name: Amegilla chlorocyanea
Footnote & References
- Amegilla chlorocyanea Images and content contribution by Gary Taylor, Western Australia
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