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  Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata)





Blue-banded Bee | Amegilla cingulata photo
Blue-banded Bee at rest on flower

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BLUE-BANDED BEE FACTS

Identification
The Blue-banded Bee has a golden brown head, and the abdomen is striped black and pale blue. Males rest overnight clinging to plant stems.

Size
10-12mm

Habitat
common in gardens

Food
feeds on flowers, often blue coloured flowers

Breeding
nest in burrow in banks, gaps in retaining walls, under houses.

Notes
Can sting but are not aggressive.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Anthophoridae
Genus:Amegilla
Species:cingulata
Common Name:Blue-banded Bee

Relatives in same Genus
  Teddy Bear Bee (A. bombiformis)