Western Sydney University
Native Australian pollinators
Blue Banded Bees are amongst our most distinctive and best-loved native bees found in most regions of the continent - 14 Australian Amegilla species.
Solitary females typically excavate nest tunnels in soil to rear multiple generations per year. Males often form collective night-roosts attached to plant stems.
A key Blue Banded Bee foraging habit is the sonication of flowers - “buzz pollination” behaviour is important for the reproduction of native plants like Hibbertia Guinea flowers and food crops (tomatoes & eggplants) where flowers need to be shaken to release pollen.
photo credit: james stuart 2000 - flicker - creative commons public licence