Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stingless Bees Trigona carbonaria

12th February 2017

I just love Stingless Bees!  These microscopic little bees are a joy to watch and today I took time to sit and watch them collecting pollen on their feet from the flowering Liriopes in my little tropical garden.  These particular minatures are Native Stingless Bee - Trigona carbonaria and are around 4mm long.  We know of one hive that it is easy to see on our property, but there certainly has to be others that we haven't noticed - as there are large numbers of these tiny pollen collectors. They look so cute with their vibrant balls of yellow pollen sticking to their hairy hind legs, which they use for carrying nectar and pollen.
The photos are a little grainy as I had to have the camera on a high ISO due to them being in the shade.

J.G.

Native Stingless Bee - Trigona carbonaria at Jarowair 12/02/17



Native Stingless Bee - Trigona carbonaria at Jarowair 12/02/17

Green Long Legged Fly

12 February 2017

This beautiful metallic insect was resting in the shade on a leaf of one of the eucalyptus trees in our latest koala tree plantation this morning.  It was around 4 to 5mm long.  After a little research, I have found that it is a Green Long Legged Fly (Austrosciapus connexus, Family Dolichopodidae).  Thanks to the Brisbane Insects website for help identifying this one.  

Green Long Legged Fly (Austrosciapus connexus) at Jaowair 12/02/17
J.G.

Musk Lorikeets at Jarowair

12th February 2017

I had been hearing the Musk Lorikeet's for a few days, but when I couldn't spot them in the trees, I second guessed what I had heard.  Yesterday while Mick Atzeni & Rod Hobson were visiting our patch, they too heard the Musk Lorikeet's and saw them fly over and land in the large ironbark trees, so I new I wasn't going crazy!

This morning around 10 Musk Lorikeet's were hanging around the ironbark trees near the bird flight aviary, and one young one even went to say hello to the birds inside the aviary.  It has been some years since I have managed to photograph the Musk Lorikeet's here.  (see previous posts here: 2012 & 2009)

J & B


Musk Lorikeet ~ Jarowair 12/02/17

Musk Lorikeet ~ Jarowair 12/02/17
Musk Lorikeet's ~ Jarowair 12/02/17

On the outside, looking in... Musk Lorikeet ~ Jarowair 12/02/17