@SnowflakeHoney the closest I ever came to a bee in Australia growing up - walking past the fuchsia in the backyard, a bee flew in the side of my dress as I went past. Not sure who got the biggest fright - me or the bee.
Mum had just called me in as we were going to the dentist, must have been School Hols, and all she said was "Poor bee it will die now".
I was brought up in Melbourne - I only ever knew of bees (honey bee), saw my first Bumble bee in UK visiting the gardens of one of the big historic houses - can't remember which one - and remember being astonished at the size - That's a bee?
it is only now in my 50's, learning about the plight of bees and hearing of the Flow campaign that I founde out there were more than 2 types of bees in the world.
I never knew there were native bees let alone blue ones