Blue Bees Exist!

With so much happening in the world right now, we thought we would share something you might not know about Blue Bees!

Image by Steven, Source: Flickr

Amegilla cingulata commonly known as the Blue-banded bee is native to Australia.  These little bees grow up to 11mm and get their name from their bright blue bands.  They play an important role in The Australian eco-system as they have a special way of pollinating flowers called buzz-pollination.  The Blue-banded bee takes the flowers and shiver their fight muscles causing the pollen to shoot out onto their abdomen witch they then carry on to other flowers and cross pollinates them.

These bees are also a bit different to honey bees who all work and live together in a hive. Blue-banded bees are solitary bees, and live alone. Each female will mate with a male (male have 5 blue stripes, females only have 4) and then build their own solitary nest by themselves. Although they live alone the Blue-banded bees will build a "neighbourhood" with many of the bees building their nest burrows in the same area close to one another.

Image by Jenny Thynne, Source: Flickr

Another great example of a blue bee is Xylocopa caerulea - the blue carpenter bee which are native so Southeast Asia, India and Southern China.  These bees are covered in tiny blue hair. 

Image Source: Australian Geographic 

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