Glenda Datson wrote on Jan 29 2013
Just thought I would ask those interested to have a look at any of the blue or mauve flowering shrubs in your gardens to see whether you can spot this native bee which is about at the moment (zoom in on the left hand flowers in the top-middle of the photo). It is Thyreus caeruleo punctatus or Blue Spotted Bee and sometimes known as Chequered Cuckoo Bee. We have been observing it late afternoons on our Lythrum salicaria and Scaevola ‘Purple Fanfare’. in the company of another less colourful native bee. We have observed other blue banded bees before but this one is new to us.
So if you find it let me know and we will see how common it is. Veronica, you may care to pass this onto other field nats.