Video of a Blue-banded bee (Amegilla spp) visiting Annual Bulbine Lilies (Bulbine semibarbata) in Adelaide garden, South Australia. Video recorded 1st November 2015. Yes, it is pollinating the flowers – by headbanging at 350 times per second (buzz pollination)! To see this buzz pollination in incredibly slow motion, see this video on the ABC website here.
Now is the time to start looking for our native bees emerging from their burrows and under bark. Keep an eye out through spring and summer and watch for them zigzagging into their holes in the late afternoon.