A pair of amegilla bees cling to a twig, asleep

Amegilla bees

Amegillas form a genus of large bees that has around 250 species. Some of its members are important agricultural pollinators in Australia and other tropical and sub-tropical areas. The blue-banded bee uses vibration to obtain pollen (buzz pollination). The beautifully named teddy bear bee is also a species of amegilla.

Scientific name: Amegilla

Rank: Genus

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BBC News about Amegilla bees

  • Bees fight to death over females In a rare example of a species killing each other en masse, male Dawson's bees are filmed in deadly combat in a bid to mate with females.

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