Thursday, January 17, 2013

Stunning Creature ... The Year In Photographs ... January 17, 2013


A stunning insect visitor spotted this morning feeding on the nectar of the Duranta flowers.  Look at the brilliant metallic blue colour of this fellow.  I.D. would be most welcome.


Extra:  thanks to the great Google, I've found out this is a Neon Cuckoo Bee.  What a fabulous name!

12 comments:

  1. Quite spectacular! Such a colourful bee and a great photo.

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    1. Thanks Pieces of Sunshine. It's an amazing looking thing.

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  2. Hi Bernie, I have no idea what the insect is, it probably doesn't live in Britain anyway! Just wanted to say it was a great photo, stunning colours!

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    1. Thank you Helene. I've since found out it's a native Aussie bee.

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  3. Fabulous insect, so would it be a native bee, collecting honey? I know the duranta is popular with butterflies. We have some spectectular insects, just think too of the christmas beetle. You wonder how they get such brilliant metallic colours, amazing.

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    1. Yes Marguerite, it is apparently a native and found across northern and eastern Australia. The iridescent blue is simply amazing. We've had a few Christmas Beetles here lately, and I always marvel at the fluorescent colours on their wings.

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  4. Great photo! I've never seen such insect, it looks amazing! :) Greetings from Poland!

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  5. Hi Bernie...its cold here and those beautiful blossoms make me want warm weather even more.

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  6. Oh I wondered if it was a blue banded bee at first - what a wonder it is to be able to research online and get the details. Lovely photo thanks for sharing.

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  7. What a fabulous native bee....I love the color.

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  8. Such a pretty bee never heard of it or seen it. Thanks for showing.

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  9. well captured what ever it is!

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