Australian stingless micro bee cleaning
At just 4 mm length and with their black colouration, these tiny bees are so small, they look like flies when visiting a plant. Here we see one of our native, charcoal stingless micro bees in the middle of a cleaning session.
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".