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The Swarm... by Paul Davis

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Same bees… different day…

The swarm of these Australian Native Bees is a common sight at my house…

No… Not one for In the Eyes of Danger – these Native Australian Bees carry no sting. Quite unique really.

I’ve heard they do bite from time to time, but I’ve walked straight into their swarms on many occasions and have never been stung or bitten.

They have a nest right on my back doorstep (the gate to my house) and they swarm up from time to time.

I’d love to get their honey, but unfortunately that’d mean drilling into the house.

They’re awesome pollinators and they’re never messy.

Beautiful to keep around the house and have provided several photo opportunities to catch them in flight (see below).

They’re beautiful to watch in their work and they’re so unlike any other bee I have seen. Somewhat mysterious, small and very fast!

Location: Cairns – Far North Queensland, Australia

Please also note – there is NO trick photography, this is exactly as you’d see the swarm if you were here (though there’s often many more bees of course). I have not copied and pasted any bees… In fact, this photo is unedited – just the use of filters on the camera only.

I prefer photos that are natural and as close to the real thing as possible… :)

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  • Lindsay Woolnough (Oram)
    Lindsay Woolno...over 5 years ago

    Very cool. Same…but different

  • Exactly the same – except totally different… Instead of a grey dark day we had a bright beautiful day today – the bees did their thing and I did the point and shoot part… now… Which one had the most bees – and does any of these bees appear twice please?

    – Paul Davis

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    sweet shot

  • Thanks Shoaib – much appreciated.

    – Paul Davis

  • dimsim
    dimsimover 5 years ago

    great pics :) turns out the swarming stingless bees occur in other countries too (i think that guy on the telly steered us wrong, cause i thought they were unique too ;-), and many of the other solitary bees are stingless too :) and you’re right i think, technically these guys have stings, but too small to use

  • I think they confused there ones with flies (haha) – I did know that there are plenty of other stingless bees, when I suggested unique, it wasn’t meant to be in relation to their stinglessness – but when I re-read my comment it does seem to be that way (honestly unintentional). Glad that someone here knows what they’re talking about (haha). Thanks for that. Apparently the Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland (A Queensland Museum Publication) suggests these guys bite rather than sting and only when the nest is threatened. There are also several other species of this bee, but this particular one is most likely native to this area (hard to tell without actually seeing the nest).

    – Paul Davis

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 5 years ago

    fabulous Paul, looks like a nice blue sky too!

  • Thanks – UV filter and Pop-Art (in camera) filter for the blues :)

    – Paul Davis

  • AlejandraQuero
    AlejandraQueroover 5 years ago

    Nice friends you have! how cool is that ?!
    Great capture, Paul…very well done!

  • Thanks for that hehe – yes I’m lucky to have so many friends really aren’t I? haha…

    – Paul Davis

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
  • Nice… Thanks :)

    – Paul Davis

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