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
Scent triggers a fight to the death for one of the world's largest bees.
Dawson’s bees from western Australia are one of the largest and strongest bee species in the world. When the females give off pheromones to attract the males, it sends them into a frenzy of lust and aggression... and total carnage results.
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