Does anyone recognise this strange Bee ?

Two or three Bees have been hanging around My tomatoes.
I have never seen this kind before.
I would like to know what it is.

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Thanks for nothing Guys.
I guess you are all worried about “The Physcal Cliff”.
Good luck with that. ^_^^_^

It is a Blue Banded Bee (Amegilla)
http://www.aussiebee.com.au/blue_banded_bee.html

Got my first free swarm yesterday.
Luckily I had a spare empty box.

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The Bees from My Hive had made a total mess of the top/lid of the Hive.

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Same lid.

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Ft Myers, FL(Zone 10a)

Wow-don't live where you do. Nice pictures. So sorry no-one answered you in time.
But looks like you did just fine with'your own research and showed all of us a thing or two
in meantime. Hope your bees are doing well, I am in the learning process and could not have
helped you, but pictures are always great :)

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Hi TrumpetFlowerz,
I actually live in Australia.
But that bunch of numnuts at admin keep changing it to Austria.
I've given up worrying about it.

Do you keep Bees yourself ?

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Ft Myers, FL(Zone 10a)

No, but am interested in learning more about them. I do grow plenty of
flowers that attract them (intentionally) as I love seeing them around so much.

Here in Ozz you can buy a reasonably good hive for about $100.
I now have 4 Hives.

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Robbing the Hives.
The Bees can get a tad angry.

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Even My Roo Mascot helps me out with the Bees.
The Bees never try to sting him ?

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Ft Myers, FL(Zone 10a)

You are quite the Beecharmer Ginger! And the cute little Roo :)

And this is where some of my Bees go.
This one Dragon Fruit Flower has more than 15 Bees inside of it.
And there are a couple more flying around trying to land.
This was on a day when it was raining as well.

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Ft Myers, FL(Zone 10a)

Lovely photo. I used to have dragonfruit plants. I love their scent. I bet the honey would taste very good if you
had enough of them to flavor it up?

Unfortunately I only have a dozen Plants.
Not enough to give a solo taste.

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Ft Myers, FL(Zone 10a)

Do you partake of the fruit? Your property looks so enchanting. I could definitely enjoy a sodapop
with you on the porch in a place such as that :)

Yes – I do pick the fruit and eat it.
Have you ever tasted them ?
Great as a Desert.
Mine are the white core ones.
The red core one in this Picture were from a local Fruit Shop.

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This is what the white and the red Fruit looks like.
As I have said.
I grow the white ones.
And the red ones comes from Supermarkets.

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Lake Helen, FL

I have a feral colony high in my diamondleaf oak. Once in a while, I see a cordoban worker (a natural blonde). This one is not.

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DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

I don't keep bees either. I am actually going to make some mason bee houses soon to help pollinate my crops on my Tower Gardens. I have two dragon fruit plants, but they are small. I have no idea how long it takes for them to flower and fruit. My folks live in Lake Helen and also have a wild colony living on their property. My father mowed too close to their underground home last year and got over 50 stings. He had to go to the hospital for some meds and fluids. You can see them buzzing in and out of the ground. Kind of scary since my kids go over there to visit and could potentially end up near their hive.

Erin

Rose Lodge, OR(Zone 8b)

What a delightful thread! I so miss keeping beez -- but left my hives behind in Illinois. The Pacific Northwest is a challenging climate for them.

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