A very fuzzy and cute female native Australian Blue Banded Bee, Amegilla cingulata hanging on to a salvia stalk in the wind (and while some great round black thing looms threateningly….) Around 1 cm in length.
Mostly these little bees are never still enough to look at clodely, let alone photgraph, but I just discovered they, like many wasps in my garden, don’t like wind, and will find somewhere to sit it out. Smart bees.
Blue banded bees pollinate using ‘buzz pollination’, where they basically shake the pollen by rapidly contracting their flight muscles whilst grasping the anther of the flower – releasing pollen for themselves, and to pollinate the flower as well. Northern hemisphere Bumble Bees do this too. This form of pollination is ideal for tomatoes and other solanaceae. (Otherwise, if you have no bumble bees or blue banded bees about….try shaking the plants for pollination.)
Fujifilm finepix s1500, Aperture priority, super macro
Pingelly Western Australia