Range & Habitat
They are one of our solitary native bee species and are found in every state of Australia except Tasmania. It is also found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor and Malaysia and thrives most in tropical and sub-tropical type climates and there are thought to be about 25 different species.
Werribee River - Victoria
Blue banded bees particularly like the dry shaded area under houses that are raised off the ground to keep the home cool – common in Queensland. An area of soft clay, dried up earthen river banks or eroding sandstone offers the ideal habitat for these bees, and a block of soft sandstone can become riddled with bee tunnels. In homes made of mud-brick or sandstone, the damage to the house is generally more aesthetic than structural. Using mortar or mudbricks with a high concrete content usually discourages them.
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