Family APIDAE - Social Bees
This page contains pictures and information about Bees in Family APIDAE that we found in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
The Apidae family includes the famous Honey Bees and the
Australian Native Stingless Bees. They are
the highly social bees. There are also the solitary
and communal species in this family. Their nest sites include ground and tree
- They also have long tongues which allow them to reach the nectar in tubular
flowers. Of course they feed on shallow flowers as well. The bees in this
family carry the pollen in corbiculae (the smooth and enlarge region on
the hind leg, with a fringe of hairs they form a pollen basket).
- The Apidae and Anthophoridae are close
relatives and sometimes they are put in one family under Apidae.
- In this tribe there is only one introduced species in Australia.
- Honey Bee
- Apis mellifera Body length 15mm
- Honey Bees are introduced domesticated insect, however we found many feral colony in
Brisbane. They are social insects live in very large colony. Worker bees
are golden brown in colour with hairy legs, thorax and head. For
more information about Honey Bees, please
click on here.
- They are small black hairy bees. Different species look very similar.
- Native Stingless Bee
- Trigona carbonaria, body length 4mm
- Stingless Bees are Australia Native Honey Bees. They also known as Sugar-bag
Bees and Sweat Bees. They are common in Brisbane. They are
small in size and do not string. They are black in colour with hairy extended
hind legs for carrying nectar and pollens. They are social bees living in large
colony. Their nest usually built inside living or dead tree trunk. More
information can be found in the Stingless Bees page.
- 1. Native
Bees of the Sydney region, a field guide - Anne Dollin, Michael Batley,
Martyn Robinson & Brian Faulkner, Australian Native Bee Research Centre.
- 2. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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