by Danielle Lloyd-Prichard, Steven Lucas, Tim Roberts and Simon Haberle
|Internal nest structure of a Tetragonula carbonaria hive|
Tetragonula carbonaria are the most common species of stingless bees in Australia. They are generalist flower visitors and play an important role in the pollination of native vegetation and agricultural crops. Tetragonula carbonaria can forage up to 500m from their hives, collecting pollen, resin and nectar from the surrounding plants. Overseas studies have shown that the pollen content in native stingless bee honey is an effective predictor of vegetation in a geographical area around the hive, and can be used to identify rare species of plants.