Friday, January 15, 2010

Teddy Bear Bee

Yesterday I was astonished to find a Teddy Bear Bee that was quite still on a leaf. In my experience they have only ever been in flight and as soon as they're aware of human presence, rapidly flying away!

This little beauty was underneath, and partly obscured by a leaf. When it did start to move it seemed groggy and actually stumbled and fell a few times before flying away. It certainly gave me plenty of time to get some pics, albeit on funny angles.

The Teddy Bear Bee is so named for it's furry orange appearance and no doubt its overall cuteness. It is native to Australia and is a solitary bee - partly why it's hard to spot despite its brightness!

This individual was spotted in Turrella Reserve, in the Wolli Creek Valley.