Animal Species:Common Blue-banded Bee

A regular visitor to Sydney gardens is the Common Blue-banded Bee.

Blue-banded Bee specimen, Amegilla sp

 © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Common Blue-banded Bee

Identification

The Common Blue-banded Bee stands out because of the blue bands across its black abdomen and because of its darting, hovering flight pattern.

Size range

1.2 cm

Distribution

The Common Blue-banded Bee is found throughout most of Australia but is not known in Tasmania or the Northern Territory.

Habitat

The Common Blue-banded Bee lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and heath.

Other behaviours and adaptations

It was thought that these bees only visited blue and purple flowers. This is not true, but they do seem to like lavender and are attracted to blue objects, including clothing.

Life cycle

The Common Blue-banded Bee builds a solitary nest, but often close to one another. It prefers soft sandstone to burrow in, and areas of this type of rock can become riddled with bee tunnels. It also likes mud-brick houses and often burrows into the mortar in old buildings. Cells at the end of the tunnel contain an egg with a pollen/nectar mixture for the emerging larva.

Classification

Species:
cingulata
Genus:
Amegilla
Subfamily:
Apinae
Family:
Apidae
Superfamily:
Apoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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