S23, Male, dorsal
S2, profile, In Flight
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Long-tongued Bee (Bee: Apidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea)|
|This Photo:||🔍S23, Male, dorsal, Abdomen🔎|
|Other name:||Blue Banded Bee|
Thank you Dr Ken Walker for identifying, Dr John Ascher for confirming and Dr Remko Leijs for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills, the Flinders Ranges and elsewhere
~11 to ~13mm long Females (x16), while the 7 Males we found were smaller, ~8 to ~10mm long.
The females we found have black scapes (basal antennae segment), while males have an ivory stripe on theirs.
Dr Ken Walker said "The colour of the bands fades with age and the amount of orange varies in a species like A. chlorocyanea."
Dr Remko Leijs said "The females have a white dot of hairs on middle tergite 6, while males have the last hairbands intersected."
Photographed 23 specimens in Oct (f), Nov (f), Dec (f&m), Jan (f) & Feb (f&m)