Tiny Australian stingless bee.

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Tiny Australian stingless bee.

Post  liquidg on 13th November 2015, 11:18 am

The Tetragonula carbonaria is a true Auzy because it is only found on the north east coast area of Australia from either side of Ballina NSW to around Bundaberg Q.
The little guys that have the nick name sugar bags for very good reasons, produce beautiful honey and very healthy as well and we do have other tiny species of auzy bees which do have stings, but we do not have as native bees the ones most commonly thought as natives that are three times the size of our little guys.
There is one part of there anatomy that is quite distinctive, a part from all being tiny, and that is what looks a shield on its back!

The bee in this thread is quite common through SE Queensland and these two hives are one near my home and one at work.
They are ultra tiny auzies, they are harmless, they represent a part of my child hood as with many children from the country from before the late 70s with raiding their hives and they are hard workers.
These ones are more so endemic to south east Q, so they are close to home auzies, lol.

They do great near us for protection from introduced bees and wasps that don't like us and the little guys are at risk from these due no sting of any kind.

We have a nest near home, been there since we moved here 7 years back.
So the other day at work no where near home,when they swarmed on me, I just walked a little ways away and waited till the finished their "savage attack", l.ol,making a bee beard and bee clothing, lol, they soon enough went home, but talk about covered, lol.
They are so cool and I could not hurt one, that would suck!

The nest near home.
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close up.
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The hive near work
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Hive close up.
Not much honey in this one yet, its only two weeks old.
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Orange and white gatherers close up
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Orange gatherer fully loaded
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The guards staring me down, lol.
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