On a recent trip to Zimbabwe, instead of looking for lions and antelope, whenever I got into the bush I was looking for whatever interesting insect life I could observe. One of the best methods for finding bees is to spend time around wildflower blooms and see what comes to visit. While doing this very thing, and watching a healthy supply of African honeybees take their nectar from the blooms, I spotted a flash of blue. I’ve seen plenty of blue tinted blow flies, but I had never seen this: what appeared to be a small and quick blue bee.
In Africa, I swear everything that flies, bites and stings is a little more fast and lot more aggressive. This little blue bee was no exception and I was only able to capture images of two individuals. I’ll admit the blue was much more intense in sunlight, but its still visible here. By the way, this is Male Thyreus bee (possibly Thyreus histrionics).