Blue Banded Bee of Santiniketan
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|Amegilla cingulata, commonly known as the blue banded 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. A. cingulata 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, A. cingulata can grow to 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in). 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. A. cingulata collects the majority of its nectar from blue flowers. I shoot this beautiful insect at Santiniketan. And the information collects from Wikipedia.|
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- [2010-10-24 2:56]
Bee is not well focused but the composition and the bee's colors are looking really good. TFS.
Hi Samiran. Beautiful capture of the insect in flight. Not an easy task but you have done well in freezing the moment and the flower.
Thanks for sharing - Jusni