Australian stingless micro bee
At just 4 mm length and with their black colouration, these tiny bees are so small, they look like flies when visiting a plant. This is one of our native, charcoal stingless micro bees warming up on a flower bud early morning.
We have eleven species of small black stingless bees here in Australia.
Our native bees hold important roles in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem health.
"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".