Today I want to write about a very special Australian native bee, the blue-banded bee.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cool little bees grow to about 11 mm long.
- Unlike most other bees, blue-banded bees live by themselves, with females building nests in shallow burrows in the soil.
- They get their name from their bright blue bands. You can tell the males from the females as they have 5 bands, whilst the females only have four.
- They use a special technique to pollinate flowers called buzz-pollination. They grab flowers and shiver their flight muscles, causing pollen to shoot out onto their abdomen, which they then carry to other flowers to pollinate. Because of this, they have a very special role in the Australian eco-system and many plants rely on them.
- Blue-banded bees are found throughout mainland Australia in a wide range of habitats.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about blue-banded bees?