Homalictus bee collects pollen from a tiny portulaca flower. Woodgate, Qld.
Homalictus bee drinks nectar from the base of a flower. Her abdomen is full of pollen she has collected. Woodgate, Qld.
Halictid bee rests near a tiny flower. These bees are about 4mm long. Woodgate, Qld.
Metallic blue Halictid bee collects pollen and nectar from a tiny flower. Woodgate, Qld.
Bee on Lemon Myrtle
Male Homalictus bee blows bubbles on a lemon myrtle leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Masked bee (Hylaeus sp.) has part of her front leg missing. This must make it challenging to gather pollen. Kyogle, NSW.
Masked bee (Hylaeus sp.) chews on the stamen of a lemon myrtle flower to gather pollen. Kyogle, NSW.
Masked bee (Hylaeus sp.) without a mask. Kyogle, NSW.
Blue Banded Bee
Classic portrait of a roosting male blue banded bee (Amegilla sp.). Kyogle, NSW.
Male blue banded bee (Amegilla sp.) roosts on a grass stem for the night. Kyogle, NSW.
Blue banded bee grooms himself after settling on a grass stem for the night. Kyogle, NSW.
Australian native stingless bee (Tetragonula sp.) collects pollen. Cambroon, Qld.
Great Carpenter Bee
Carpenter bee (Xylocopa) caught in the act of robbing Ixora flowers for nectar. Fitxroy Island, Qld.
An extreme closeup of a female Great Carpenter Bee (genus Xylocopa) robbing nectar from an Ixora flower. Fitzroy Island, Qld.
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