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Amegilla: Blue-banded Bee

I’m still not having much luck with getting the Nikon to focus in time on this bee – the perfect reminder why I need to know how to deal with manual settings.


The blue-banded bee is a solitary bee. After the female has mated, she makes her nest and raises the young herself. She tunnels into the ground or into mud brick. They are in all Australian States except Tasmania.


I love the metallic blue furry stripes!


All adult blue-banded bees die with the onset of cold weather. The young and juveniles stay in the nests until the warmer months when they will fly (October – April).


The adult is 11mm long and they are not aggressive. Their sting is mild.


(Nikon D3000, on auto)

Thanks for looking.


I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

5 thoughts on “Amegilla: Blue-banded Bee

    1. Hi Tess. I took an introductory class on using digital cameras. There are focus points and shutter speeds that you can make happen to get a better picture – auto cannot guess what you are looking at. I forgot this bee does the vibrating thing. The featured image is the clearest one. I snagged some great pictures in the past with the phone camera.

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