Busy Bees

Bronwen Scott
3 min readApr 30, 2023

Industrious AF

Small black bee on a yellow flower.
Native bee gathering pollen from a flower in its last hurrah, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott

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I have an announcement.

It has stopped raining. For the first time in ten days, we have blue sky.

The rain has made the lawn go feral.

And in the fifteen minutes between the sun appearing from behind the rainclouds and the start of the mowing, I managed to get these photos of native bees on weeds.

Small black bee on a yellow flower.
Native bee with pollen on its middle and hindlegs. © Bronwen Scott.

Native bees love weeds.

I love native bees.

I don’t know much about them — more than 1,600 species have been recorded from Australia and, apart from a handful of big species like the Teddy Bear (fluffy), Blue-banded (stripy) and Green Carpenter Bees (shiny), most are small to tiny — but I delight in seeing them gathering pollen from the hearts of introduced Hawksbeard and Catsear.

Small black bee with metallic green thorax on a yellow flower. Bee has ts head under a petal as it looks for pollen.
Black in dull light and iridescent in the sun, this bee explores the flower systematically. © Bronwen Scott.

They move without pause over petals and between stamens, tucking away pollen, while the flowers on which they…



Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com