Australian native bees are great pollinators.
In the garden we have a hive of social (as against solitary) Australian native bees. Being allergic to bee stings, I’m grateful for having these stingless bees in the veggie patch, among the fruit trees, and in the general garden.
Our little fellas, numbering around 2000, belong to the tetragonula carbonaria species. They are probably the most common native bees found in South East Queensland. They only travel up to 500 metres from their home, are very small, and so are able to successfully negotiate delicate little flowers. Unlike honey bees, their prime focus is the collection of pollen (not nectar) so they are a great asset with cross-pollination. Continue reading