Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

Blue Banded Bees

Posted by Darren on April 8, 2010

Some shots of my favorite bee by far, the Blue Banded Bee.  An Australian native with amazing large multi-lensed eyes and metallic blue banding that catches your eye as they fly by. I usually catch them around blue flowers as they seem to have an attraction to them.  As they are buzz pollinators you can usually hear them when they are around.  I have captured my favorite behavior in these shots, where they bite onto small twigs and life up their bodies to clean themselves.  Very challenging to shoot as they are extremely skittish and are off like a flash if you startle them.

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