Blue Banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata) and Dianella caerulea (Flax Lilies)

Elaine Teague

BRIDGETOWN, Australia

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Canon 7D, Canon 50mm prime lens
Taken in my backyard in Bridgetown, Western Australia

Amegilla cingulata, commonly known as the blue banded bee, is an Australian native bee that occurs in many other regions. Currently, there are several scientific organisations conducting thorough research on how the blue banded bee benefits agriculture through its distinctive “buzz pollination”. These bees are very important for the production of food and contribute to at least 30% of crops in Australia. ~ Wikepedia

The males have five complete bands and females have four, and the species gets its name from the latin word “cingulum”, meaning belt, and refers to the bee’s bright abdominal bands. Blue Banded Bees have large bulging eyes have multiple lenses, and a long ‘tongue’ that enables them to extract nectar from trumpet shaped flowers like the abelia. ~http://bluebandedbees.com/

There are 15 species of Dianella found across Australia. These hardy plants have blue berries containing shiny black seeds. The blue, purple or white star-shaped flowers have six yellow, thickened stamens. Flowers appear in spring through summer. ~http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

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