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Australian stingless micro bee It may be incredibly tiny, but this native bee together with its kin flying around my bottlebrush plants yesterday brought me a huge amount of joy. <br />
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These past few years I&#039;ve been working hard in the gardens removing lawns, making fresh beds and any new plants brought in have been almost all Australian natives, specific to my area. <br />
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With loss of habitat, insecticides, disease and non-native competitors to contend with, our native bees need all the help they can get.<br />
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This was my first time trying to photograph these tiny, erratically flying characters - I certainly have deep respect for those people who have produced superb images I&#039;ve seen during my research and reading! <br />
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4 mm length <br />
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Australian stingless micro bee

It may be incredibly tiny, but this native bee together with its kin flying around my bottlebrush plants yesterday brought me a huge amount of joy.

These past few years I've been working hard in the gardens removing lawns, making fresh beds and any new plants brought in have been almost all Australian natives, specific to my area.

With loss of habitat, insecticides, disease and non-native competitors to contend with, our native bees need all the help they can get.

This was my first time trying to photograph these tiny, erratically flying characters - I certainly have deep respect for those people who have produced superb images I've seen during my research and reading!

4 mm length

    comments (2)

  1. And you successfully shared the joy :)

    Excellent job on making the garden insect friendly. Slowly but surely more people are doing this, and every garden counts. Even more so if you consider that insects need very little to thrive. With just a few tweaks, results are almost instant.
    Posted 2 years ago
  2. Agree with Ferdy! Thanks for sharing the details as well as the photo. It always brings me joy :). Posted 2 years ago

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"Tetragonula carbonaria" is a stingless bee, endemic to the north-east coast of Australia. The bee is known to pollinate orchid species, such as "Dendrobium lichenastrum", "D. toressae", and "D. speciosum".

Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Oct 6, 2020. Captured Oct 5, 2020 15:01 in 160 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm