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Australian stingless micro bee One of our Tetragonula species of stingless bee, seen here on Nemesia. There were around 8 of them circling the plant. They are so very small, plus due to their black colour, at first I thought they were flies. <br />
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Of Australia&#039;s more than 1,700 species of native bees, less than 2% are stingless including 11 of the genus Tetragonula. <br />
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Australian stingless micro bee

One of our Tetragonula species of stingless bee, seen here on Nemesia. There were around 8 of them circling the plant. They are so very small, plus due to their black colour, at first I thought they were flies.

Of Australia's more than 1,700 species of native bees, less than 2% are stingless including 11 of the genus Tetragonula.


4 mm length

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  1. Nice one Ruth Posted one year 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 Aug 27, 2021. Captured Aug 23, 2021 14:20 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm