Your photography and Coronavirus

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Kevin Coppalotti Veteran Member • Posts: 9,482
Re: plenty in the backyard

Nice shots, Kevin. The creature in the last one looks fearsome.
I enjoy backyard shooting, too, and now is a good time for it.

Thanks , it's a Blue banded bee, solitary bee. they can 'buzz 'a flower at 350 times a second to extract pollen.

"Blue Banded Bees are solitary bees. This means that each female bee mates and then builds a solitary nest by herself. She builds her nest in a shallow burrow in clay soil or sometimes in mudbricks. Many Blue Banded Bees may build their nest burrows in the same spot, close to one another, like neighbouring houses in a village.

Blue Banded Bees can perform a special type of pollination called 'buzz pollination'. Some flowers hide their pollen inside tiny capsules. A Blue Banded Bee can grasp a flower of this type and shiver her flight muscles, causing the pollen to shoot out of the capsule. She can then collect the pollen for her nest and carry it from flower to flower, pollinating the flowers. Quite a few of our native Australian flowers require buzz pollination eg Hibbertia, Senna."

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