Just now I was having a yak on the phone, leaning out the one remaining unglazed window on our back deck when I saw a new buzzy in the garden. Mrs Bee was working hard, pollinating my tomatoes but she was missing her golden stripes. Her stripes were almost ice blue! My friend on the phone quickly googled and found these 2 links here and here.
My lovely visitor is a Blue Banded Bee and best of all she is a native bee! They are solitary bees so no honey to be raided by us I’m afraid (I had high hopes of a possible native been hive in the future, just for a moment) but I am so very excited to find we have these in our garden. 😀 Best of all, they are ideal pollinators for tomatoes and capsicums. 🙂
No photos I’m afraid so you will just have to believe me when I tell you my tomatoes were pollinated by a blue-banded bee. Check out the links for lots of pictures of those lovely ice-blue stripes. 🙂