Tetragonula carbonaria

This is the only social native bee that lives in Sydney, it used to be known asTrigona.
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Tetragonula carbonaria brood cells.

Tetragonula carbonaria brood cells.

T. carbonaria worker

T. carbonaria worker

An OATH hive during a split showing the brood spiral and honey and pollen stores

An OATH hive during a split showing the brood spiral and honey and pollen stores

Tetragonula on gompholobium (wedge-pea) flower - note the 'burrowing' effect to reach the flowers riches photo nimpitja

Tetragonula on gompholobium (wedge-pea) flower - note the 'burrowing' effect to reach the flowers riches photo nimpitja

Tetragonula on gompholobium (wedge-pea) flower... feral honeybees constantly drove the much tinier Tetragonula from the blossoms photo nimpitja

Tetragonula on gompholobium (wedge-pea) flower. feral honeybees constantly drove the much tinier Tetragonula from the blossoms photo nimpitja

A mating swarm on a 20C day in June.  Seems unusual to be so late/or so early

A mating swarm on a day in June.

One of our bees sitting outside the hive grooming photo ddwfauna

One of our bees sitting outside the hive grooming photo ddwfauna

Shot of bee in flight - returning to hive photo ddwfauna

Shot of bee in flight - returning to hive photo ddwfauna

Bee regurgitating outside of hive photo ddwfauna

Bee regurgitating outside of hive photo ddwfauna

Bee removing waste from the hive just before take off. photo ddwfauna

Bee removing waste from the hive just before take off.

Trigona carbonaria drowned in the cup of an introduced blue waterlily photo nimpitja

Trigona carbonaria drowned in the cup of an introduced blue waterlily photo nimpitja

Tetragonula readying to leave the hive photo nimpitja

Tetragonula readying to leave the hive photo nimpitja

T. carbonaria queen 2

T. carbonaria queen 2

This hive was in a camphor laurel

Wild hive at Wahroonga in a Camphor laurel

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