|Copyright: Ollie DLC (mceklips) (50)|
|Date Taken: 2009-08-22|
|Exposure: f/2.7, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-01-06 23:48|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Amegilla cingulata, commonly known as the Blue Banded Bee, is an Australian native bee. It belongs to the Anthophoridae family of insects. Currently, there are several scientific organisations conducting thorough research on how the Blue Banded Bee benefits agriculture through its distinctive "Buzz pollination". These bees are very important for the production of food and contribute to at least 30% of crops in Australia.|
The Blue Banded Bee has a very striking appearance. Unlike the honey bee, it has pale blue stripes on its abdomen instead of yellow. The male can be distinguished by the number of complete bands, having five as opposed to the females' four. In size, the Blue Banded Bee can grow from 10 to 12 millimetres. Its appearance includes a golden brown head with bulging eyes that have multiple lenses. They have six sticky legs and a long tongue to help extract nectar from flowers. Scientists believe that male bees have brighter blue stripes to attract female bees.
Blue Banded Bees can sting but are not as aggressive as other bees. The males cling to plant stems during the night. Like the whole anthophoridae family, they are quick and agile. They are solitary creatures, whereas honey bees create hives.
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- [2010-01-07 0:19]
Wonderful capture of this Blue Banded Bee,in flight.
Very good photo.Congratulations.
great timing shot, the sharp details are very good...!
keep photographing! TFS
- [2010-01-07 4:34]
What an interesting picture and so well taken..so vivid and a cute insects, that we don't see so often! This Blue banded Bee has really a striking appearance. Excelent composition too.
Thanks ans kind regards