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    Photos of the Week: Stunning close-ups of Blue Banded Bee

 

We were sent some stunning macro photos taken recently by Dominic and Daphne Gonzalvez of a ‘Blue Banded Bee’. We thought they were brilliant so wanted to share them with the world.

The Blue Banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata) is an Australian native bee. They perform a special type of pollination called ‘buzz polliantion’ (read more here). The bee in the photos in the Rose Garden in Centennial Park, and was zeroing in on some nectar from a blue salvia.

Enough of the lead in, check out these fantastic photos!

 

The Blue Banded Bee on approach...by the way, five bands is a male, four bands a female. So our little friend is definitely a 'she'!

The Blue Banded Bee on approach…by the way, five bands is a male, four bands a female. So our little friend is definitely a ‘she’!

 

Our little friend's sense of anticipation is on display - that's her tongue hanging out!

Our little friend’s sense of anticipation is on display – that’s her tongue hanging out!

 

Reaching her target, our bee takes a big drink of nectar from the blue salvia...

Reaching her target, our bee takes a big drink of nectar from the blue salvia…

 

From the other angle she is clearly enjoying a long drink!

From the other angle she is clearly enjoying a long drink!

 

Thanks Dominic and Daphne, another brilliant effort, and thanks for sharing!

If you love their photos, there are even more great photos on their blog.

 

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