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Blue-banded Bee

Blue-banded Bee
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Copyright: des hoi (deshoi) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 65] (322)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K20 d, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-29 4:25
Viewed: 4367
Points: 4
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Family ANTHOPHORIDAE- Long-tongued Bees

This family contains some largest bees in Australia. They make nest in dead tree branches or underground. They are solitary bees but some species may nest close together in large numbers. Some species are parasites of other bees' nests. They lay their own eggs in the brood cells of the host bees.

Some members in this family, like the Carpenter Bees and the Blue-banded Bees, are known as buzz pollinators. They use special technique to get the pollen from flowers known as buzz pollination. They hold the flowers and vibrate with loud buzz sound. The vibration excited the flower which drop the pollen onto the bees body. The other insects do not have this technique cannot get the pollen.

They have long tongues which allow them to reach the nectar in tubular flowers. Of course they feed on shallow flowers as well.

None of these bees pose a serious threat to us, although the females do possess stings. The Apidae and Anthophoridae are close relatives and sometimes they are put in one family under Apidae.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-29 4:27]

Hello Des.

This is a great inflight shot of this Bee.
Sharpness is perfect, POV is great and the action is fantastic.
Very well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

Hi Des.
Very nice image of this insect.
Great capture.Well done.
Best regards and greetings.Alin.

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