Blue Banded Bee

Amegilla spp.

Blue Banded Bee, Digger Bees

Blue banded bee 2 by Vengolis (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Blue banded bee 2 by Vengolis (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Amegilla is a group of mostly solitary bees, meaning many species in the group will rear young alone. There are approximately 250 Amegilla bees in the genus. They get their common names from the striking bands on their abdomens. Likewise, the name Digger Bee refers to the way they make nests, where they choose to dig burrows in clay soil. They've been known to nest in mudbricks, too. The sting has been greatly reduced, although, they rarely use it. As with all bees, it's only the females who can sting. The males are known to secure themselves to grasses using the mouthparts, and they'll rest like this in groups for periods of the day!
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Traits

They can preform buzz pollination!
More recordings of these bees are needed.

Appearance

Adults: They're broad-bodied bees measuring 1-1.2cm. They possess characteristic striped abdomens, which sometimes consists of metallic blue fair, giving them one of their common names. Sometimes the bands are tinted more of a green, whereas other species bright golden-brown. Often have golden-brown heads and thorax. The back legs are also notably long, with a dense collection of hair on the hind tibia for pollen collection. Larvae and Eggs: These spend their time developing inside a nest built by the female.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Apidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

Southern Africa and Australia

Biological treatment

It's not suggested to treat gardens for bees, they provide a key ecosystem service that's vital for plant reproduction!

Chemical treatment

Bees are extremely sensitive to 'bug-killing chemicals'. It's not advised to treat flowering plants or to spray near the latter because the bees can be affected even if they weren't intended to be.

Attracts

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