Swarming Stingless Native bees Carbonaria

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  1. Mark

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    Here are some images of swarming native stingless bees Carbonaria variety I took this morning. We think it could be drones mating ceremony trying to compete with each other for the new queen although I have to confess to knowing little about it and my uncle wasn't sure either...

    Anyway, it was interesting and apparently this behaviour could last hour, days, or even a few weeks!

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    I guess we'll never really know unless there is someone who can communicate with the bees. But that looks fascinating.
     
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    Ya don't want to get to close cause they're sticky little buggers get up yer nose and everywhere! :)
     
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    Excellent Mark :cheers:

    I bought some head nets, for splitting hives in case they get excited, because last time I split one they went crazy at me and I was spitting them out.
     
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    Gosh Mark those photos are amazing particularly the one where you got the bees in focus in the foreground.

    At my Mother's unit the other day down at Sippy Downs there 1000's of little native bees all over her flowers.
    I've got alyssum growing in my veg garden to bring them in & a few do find their way here.
     
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    Thanks guys! I've left half my vegetable garden go to seed to feed the little buggers :) They love the mustard greens and brassicas.
     
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    stevo Backyard Farmer Premium Member GOLD

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    I'm trying to build my garden up for the bees, but they all go to the neighbours house :oops:
     
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    Put some lettuces in and they'll bolt to seed fast in this weather (nearly summer in seq) they produce hundreds of small flowers, which the bees love. Then keep the seeds for your autumn salad crop.
     
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    I've got one lettuce that's in flower at the moment, but yes I should put more in. My Shallot flowers are going well.
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    I was looking at macros in JBHiFi yesterday... I still want one :( maybe for Xmas :rolleyes:
     
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