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Blue Banded Bee

Koh Samui, Thailand

The Blue Banded Bee has a very striking appearance. Unlike the honey bee, it has pale blue stripes on
its abdomen instead of yellow. The male can be distinguished by the number of complete bands, having
five as opposed to the females' four. If I count correctly the one on the photo is a male. In size,
the Blue Banded Bee can grow from 10 to 12 millimeters. It makes a hard buzzing noise and doesn't
want to sit still, very hard to capture in a photo.

Superfamily: Apoidea
Family: Apidae
Subfamily: Apinae
Tribe: Anthophorini
Genus: Amegilla
Species: Amegilla cingulata

Nikon D300 ,Tokina 100mm F2.8D AT-X Pro macrolens
1/1000s f/6.3 at 100.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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dang 03-Feb-2011 22:49
Such a gorgeous bee, Monique. And usual crisp shot. Well done.