Ever since I saw the blue-banded bees buzzing around my flowers about three years ago, I’ve been fascinated by them. With their dart-and-hover flight pattern, their tiny size, and their conspicuous blue bands, they draw your attention. I’ve read online that males have five bands, and females, four. These Australian natives are members of the genus Amegilla, and are widely distributed throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Yesterday, I was going through some photos I’d taken nearly two years ago. Going by the number of photos,there were several attempts to capture this beautiful insect. This is the only one where the beauty of the bee can be clearly seen. On reading that they are drawn to blue and purple flowers, I’d even bought plants with blue/purple blooms but I think they don’t have a colour-obsession. They’re seen in all kinds of blooms!
I was also lucky to get a shot of a number of bees retiring for the night! It was late afternoon and the light was fading. I heard a continuous buzzing sound as I passed by and this was the sight! I’d read that females build nests in shallow burrows in the ground, or in the soft mortar of houses. Males cluster at night by clinging to stems and branches. This was the one and only time, I’d seen such a sight!