Native Bee at its nest, Austroplebeia australis, Australia,

Native Bee at its nest, Austroplebeia australis, Australia,

Another view of an Austroplebeia australis entrance veil on an artificial hive Photo Klumppy

Another view of an Austroplebeia australis entrance veil on an artificial hive Photo Klumppy

This Austroplebeia australis colony in a natural log uses a darker wax to make their entrance veil each night. They have also constructed a short entrance tube. Photo Klumppy

This Austroplebeia australis colony in a natural log uses a darker wax to make their entrance veil each night. They have also constructed a short entrance tube.

The double entrance of an Austroplebia colony from Warwick, a firewood special. It hinted at what might be inside Photo Bob Luttrell

The double entrance of an Austroplebia colony from Warwick, a firewood special. It hinted at what might be inside Photo Bob Luttrell

A. australis worker building cells. Note the wax scales on the two segments of the abdomen.  Photo Megan Halcroft

Note the wax scales on the two segments of the abdomen.

Austroplebia species near Rossville Queensland July 2011 Photo LindaR

Austroplebia species near Rossville Queensland July 2011 Photo LindaR

Cleaning their nest Photo  Ian Lawrie

Cleaning their nest Photo Ian Lawrie

Shown here with green ant that the tunnel helps guard against. I understand that Anne and Les Dollin were to be studying them at this location later in August 2011. Photo LindaR

Shown here with green ant that the tunnel helps guard against. I understand that Anne and Les Dollin were to be studying them at this location later in August Photo LindaR

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