Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bees with Blue Stripes??


Thought the extra activities of the past couple of weeks had been the last straw when I found this little lady crawling around the stairwell, a bee with blue stripes?? am I halucinating? picked her up with a bit of a leaf and took her piccie, she was quite happy posing and I got quite a few shots, took her outside and continued vacuuming, then found a second, larger bee,

not doing half so well, took it outside and then took a couple of snaps, don't think this one will make it,

seemed to be too weak to hold on to anything much, and took a fall from my glasses - being used as a platform to carry her outside, in desperation I nudged her with the camera strap, she clung on like billy oh, wouldn't let go for ages. 
Of course Google came to the rescue, they are a native Australian bee, Amegilla, and are attracted to blue flowers, like the Geisha Girl Duranta by the back door. 
For some great info pop over here to 'Aussie Bee' http://www.aussiebee.com.au/blue_banded_bee.html, lots of different links, piccies and info, but if you really want to lighten up your day and have a good laugh at the antics of insects in the wild, go here and watch this u-tube video.
http://www.aussiebee.com.au/video-blue-banded-bees-1.html
starts off with a bee collecting nectar, fair enough and rather cute, but then there is a shot of bees trying to be top dog err,  bee on a twig and the antics of warding off a new comer.
Enjoy!

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