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New Australian Stingless Bee Photos
by Erica Siegel

Aussie Bee Homepage > New Native Bee Photos > Stingless Bees

These tiny native Australian stingless bees are only 4 mm long -- a challenge for any camera or photograper! Erica Siegel captured these breathtaking photographs and kindly contributed them to Aussie Bee:

Tetragonula carbonaria

Above: The name of these south-east Queensland stingless bees was recently changed to Tetragonula carbonaria. Their previous name was Trigona carbonaria. They live in large social colonies inside hollow trees.

stingless worker bee

Above: a wonderful photograph showing orange pollen being carried on the 'pollen baskets' on the hind legs of this worker stingless bee.

Australian stingless bee

Above: you can see the thick white fur on the side of the thorax of this Tetragonula stingless bee...

Tetragonula stingless bee

Above: ... and here is the thick white fur on the bee's face.

Trigona stingless bees

Above: a beautifully captured pair!

Australian stingless bee by Erica Siegel

Above: stingless native bees carry pollen back to their nests as a protein food for the young developing bees.

stingless native bee in flight

Above: Erica has even managed to capture this tiny stingless bee in flight!

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