Aussie Bee > Video Index > Blue Banded Bee Video 6

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.

See more blue banded bee videos by Erica Siegel.

Blue banded bee photos by Erica Siegel.
More blue banded bee photos.

Make artificial nests for blue banded bees.
Blue banded bees for greenhouse tomatoes.
More blue banded bee information.

More native bee videos

Learn more...

native blue banded bees

All About Blue Banded Bees

Explore Australian native bees...

Back to top


Australian Native Bees
What are Native Bees?
Native Bee ID Guide
Bee Photo Gallery
Native Bee Videos
Bees in Your Area
Common Questions

Stingless Native Bees
What are Stingless Bees?
Buy Stingless Bees
Keep Stingless Bees
Save a Damaged Nest
Honey Production
Crop Pollination

Support Native Bees
Rescue Native Bees
Make a Bee Hotel
Bee-Friendly Gardens
Bees in Houses - Advice
Exotic Bumblebees

Study Native Bees
Free In-depth Articles
Native Bee eBooks
Field Guide eBook
Other Good Books

About Aussie Bee
Who We Are
Free Newsletter
Site Map
Privacy Policy
Copyright Policy

Visit Aussie Bee's Facebook page for stories and photos from the world of native bees:
Aussie Bee on Facebook

Back to top