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The blue-banded bee ( Amegilla cin­gu­lata) is an Aus­tralian na­tive bee com­mon to many re­gions, es­pe­cially Syd­ney. They are par­tial to laven­der and at­tracted to blue ob­jects, in­clud­ing cloth­ing of that colour. These soli­tary bees can per­form a spe­cial type of ‘buzz pol­li­na­tion’, a tech­nique used to re­lease pollen firmly held within flow­ers. (Im­age:James Dorey)

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