Australian Stingless Native Honey Bee - Cairns - Queensland - Australia by Paul Davis

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I’ve been waiting for weeks to get these guys out and about – and finally the sun came out and they began venturing out of their hive.

The Australian Native Honey Bee is not much bigger than 5mm – which is why I am so pleased to actually get one on digital film.

They’re found right over the Queensland, NT and WA coast including some inland areas and maybe in the far north of NSW as well.

There are several species and it’s almost impossible to tell which one is which.

This one that is pictured here actually nest in a rusty down pipe in my car port.

Pollinating flowers on the lemon tree in my front garden (Cairns – Queensland).

These bees are unique to Australia and do not sting!!!

Sometimes these fellows swarm and you can walk through them without feeling any danger (though keep your mouth shut).

I am always happy watching these animals go about their daily business, and they’re so cute and so tiny!!! It actually makes me laugh.

There is no photoshop or after alteration to this photo – it’s as it is no cropping nothing.

Using 105mm Macro Lens by Sigma and an Olympus E-30 camera.

Trigona or Austroplebia spp

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  • down23
    down23over 5 years ago

    Excellent detail & clarity! That’s wild that they don’t sting ~ how cool! Very impressive capture! =)

  • Thank you so much down – thanks for favouriting it too :)

    I’ve walked right into a swarm of these fellows – I don’t think they were overly happy about it, but they just went along their every day business and flew around me.

    I was busy sweating while taking this photo – it’s about 32’C with my back to the sun – sweat pouring off my head while I stood as still as I could to capture this wee fella!!! So happy I did now though!

    – Paul Davis

  • Rick Lawler
    Rick Lawlerover 5 years ago

    Great image!

  • Thank you very much Rick :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 5 years ago

    Paul this is amazing, top shot, good for you!

  • Thanks Jenny – so all the sweat and tears was worth it then hehe :)

    – Paul Davis

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    What an appealing shot, and lovely As Is, too. Beautiful.

  • Thank you so much Jan – I really appreciate your comments they’re very supportive. Thanks :)

    – Paul Davis

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful shots. Flying insects are so very difficult.

  • Tell me about it :) oh, wait, you just did!!! I have to be perfectly honest with you – I’ve been trying to get them all in the wrong places – they tend to slow down a little as they’re coming into land on a flower. I was trying to get them entering and exiting their hive, but it not only lacked colour but they’re so skilful and fast in their flight that I didn’t stand a chance. But at flowers – they tend to hover. The next major issue is that they’re only 5mm big! So getting in close enough was never easy either. But perseverance is the key is it not :) Thank you so much for your beautiful comment :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Heavenandus777
    Heavenandus777over 5 years ago

  • WOOOOOOWHO!!! Thank you so much :)

    – Paul Davis

  • AlejandraQuero
    AlejandraQueroover 5 years ago

    Wow…fabulous capture!

  • Thanks Ale – It’s very kind of you to say so :) But shhhh, just between me and you, I think a fair whack of luck got involved in this one too hehe :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Abbie Humphrey
    Abbie Humphreyover 5 years ago

    Yes – very cool also – wish I knew my camera a bit more so I could get some more work up

  • Your camera is so good though Abbie… and you’ve always had a good eye for detail :) I think you’ll do just fine!

    – Paul Davis

  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyover 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture mate, I know how hard this shot is to achieve! Love the surround too mate, pretty and brilliant!

  • Thanks Adam – and for the understanding too hehe :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Neil Swenser
    Neil Swenserover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot Paul, these guys are very small and never seem to sit still.

  • Yep! you got it…. training them to hover has been a big task of mine. I really don’t think it worked… so pure luck played the most part in this shot :) very happy it finally paid off though. Thanks for the awesome comment Neil.

    – Paul Davis

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