Xylocopa caerulea, the Blue Carpenter Bee. Xylocopa caerulea is a relatively large species, reaching an average size of 23 millimetres in). The thorax region of these insects are covered with light blue hairs, giving it a striking blue colour.
teddy bear bee - Australian native bee - I've noticed a few strange bees in our garden lately and I'm sure this is it, really bright orange and very loud buzz - how good is that! our own little teddy bear!
"This is the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulata), a very beautiful insect that is also amazingly important to the agriculture of Australia." -- Click through for photos of more blue-banded bees and to learn more of this very different critter.