BLUE BANDED BEE POLLINATION
Blue Banded Bees on Melastoma affine
by Erica Siegel
In this attractive video, Erica Siegel of Queensland shows blue banded bees, Amegilla, visiting the flowers of Melastoma affine.
For correct pollination, Melastoma affine requires a bee that can perform Buzz Pollination. The bee curls its body around the pollen capsules of the flower (as shown in the video) and vibrates its flight muscles making the pollen shoot out of the capsules. Blue banded bees (Amegilla) are experts at buzz pollination.
The flowers of some horticultural crops such as the tomato and the eggplant also require buzz pollination. Native blue banded bees are promising potential pollinators of greenhouse tomatoes for the horticultural industry.