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Tamron 90mm macro lens

I am delighted to see a blue band bee (Amegilla cingulata) for the very first time and she was gorgeous!Melbourne,Australia.

Thanks to RB member Jason Weigner for identifying this very pretty 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.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.

Both sexes have a dart-and-hover flight pattern.
Blue-banded Bees have a liking for blue and purple flowers but will visit flowers with other colours.

Blue-banded bees specialise in an unusual sort of flower pollination called ‘buzz pollination’. Normally flowers release pollen passively, but some species are specially designed to be pollinated by ‘buzz pollinators’ that grab onto the flowers and vibrate them quickly to release the pollen.

These bees are very important for the production of food and contribute to at least 30% of crops in Australia.

Best viewed large.

Featured in

Nature in its Entirety Group, Nothing man made 30th April 2011
Tuesday Afternoon 2nd May 2011
The World as we see it or missed it 24.9.2011
Animals as they should be 24th Jan 2012

Editor’s Choice-The World as we see it or missed it.Macro of the week 26.9.2011
The World as we see it or missed it

Feature of the Day 4th May 2011

Top Ten in
Nature in its Entirety-Nothing Man Made 1.8.2011
Nature in its Entirety-Nothing Man Made

Bugs and Animals in Macro 2013

Pick of the day 15th Jan 2012 in Peace Love and Tranquillity

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  • Bevellee
    Bevelleealmost 4 years ago

    another great shot pat…

  • Thanks so much Bev for your support and encouraging nice comment,greatly appreciated : ))

    – patcheah

  • Loreto Bautista Jr.
    Loreto Bautist...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful …I like the bee standing out !!!

  • Thanks Loreto for your compliment. This bumble bee is very cute and the dahlia has such a fantastic mixture of orange and yellow.Glad that you like it : )

    – patcheah

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous colour, beautifully captured !

  • Thanks Trish for your lovely comment : ))

    – patcheah

  • bobby1
    bobby1almost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture:))

  • Thanks for your visit ,compliment and fave,greatly appreciated.

    – patcheah

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Larry.

    – patcheah

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    1 DAY 2011/04/28 limit 20

  • Thanks Magaret.

    – patcheah

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – patcheah

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2almost 4 years ago

    “Congratulations patcheah!” Your Brillant capture of a Honey Bee, has been Featured in the “Nature in it’s Entirety Group”, you now have the wonderful opportunity to enter our “May Featured Members Challenge” “Goodluck!” Ps- I know its only April 29th-30th -however you still may enter your awesome image:=}


  • Thank you so much for this honour of your feature from your lovely group,greatly appreciated. Thanks also for the invite to the May challenge,will do : )) Love the banner especially the fluttering butterfly.

    – patcheah

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful photo. Great job. Brenda

  • Thanks so much for taking the time to view my work, your nice comment and I am glad that you like it to be your fave : ))

    – patcheah

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoalmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks for dropping by and I am glad that you like this image to be your fave,greatly appreciated : ))

    – patcheah

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