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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.<br />
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We have eleven species of small black stingless bees here in Australia.<br />
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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.

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  1. Not an easy capture, but you managed it brilliantly. Great info too, as always. Posted one month 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 15, 2022. Captured Feb 2, 2022 10:33 in 51 Ridge St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm