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Bee – Blue Banded Beauty

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  1. Your Vacation Gurus said, on 14/01/2017 at 6:06 am

    Thats crazy!! Awesome pics

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 13/08/2016 at 10:29 am

    Wow! Beautiful!!! As always!

  3. treesshrubs said, on 12/08/2016 at 11:50 am

    A lovely specimen….still hoping to see one in my neck of the woods : ))

    • Mark said, on 12/08/2016 at 6:14 pm

      Yes, she is … You’ve got to be a bit lucky finding them though, or search long enough at sundown when you might hear them buzzing their preferred roosts.

  4. David said, on 12/08/2016 at 9:52 am

    The closer look is superb.

  5. Lissa said, on 12/08/2016 at 5:51 am

    Female :) with her four bands. Beautiful girl. New season bee.

    They can sting as I found out when I saved one from inside the house with nothing but a tea towel between us. Unlike honey bees, stinging doesn’t kill them… apparently – I’ve never found any info stating this categorically but the one that stung me flew off to enjoy life to it’s full.

    • Mark said, on 12/08/2016 at 6:19 pm

      I believe it’s their ovipositor they use to sting with, so the males don’t. And it’s not a barbed stinger like the EU honey bee, so doesn’t get left behind and ruin the bee’s body. The logic is because they are solitary bees they are not expendable, don’t lose their stinger, like the hive honey bee that is expendable, to the hive.

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