Blue-banded bees (Amegilla cingulata) are native to Australia, but also occur naturally in Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Indonesia and Malaysia. Unlike other bee species, blue-banded bees are solitary insects. They typically build nests in sandstone, mud or the mortar-gaps in the brickwork of houses.
"This is the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata), a very beautiful insect that is also amazingly important to the agriculture of Australia." -- Click through for photos of more blue-banded bees and to learn more of this very different critter.
Podcast producer Robert Riley sits down with Master Beekeepers Becky and Steve Tipton, natural beekeeper Dawn Combs to prepare you for this upcoming adventure by covering the topics of bee species, swarming, pollinator friendly plants, when to smoke your bees, tools of the trade, and much more. If you are an experienced beekeeper you may even learn a new technique.