24 Feb 2013

native bee

Sorry for the quality of the image. But I took a couple of photos this evening at 8pm with my mobile while watering the garden.  It was hard to capture and this is the best of a not so good bunch.  However, you can see that the little native pollinator with the blue striped abdomen is out foraging.  It hung around this bush for a good 15 minutes.  I would love to stumble on its hive to observe the differences, if any, between this smaller, rounder bee, compared to the honey bees in my backyard.  I have a friend who sees them in her garden as well.  We are in the Ashburton/Glen Iris area.  Has anyone else seen  native bees or a native hive in Melbourne or its surrounds?