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Australian native bees

Summary
Australian native bees are a diverse group of bees that play a crucial role in the pollination of native plants. There are over 1,700 species of native bees in Australia, ranging from small solitary bees to the social stingless bees. Social species are capable of producing honey, but not nearly as much as their European counterparts. Native bees are important for native ecosystems, providing essential pollination services to native plants, and hold significant value for Australian agriculture. Sting or no sting, solitary vs social Eleven of the species, the social native bees, are in two genera, Tetragonula and Austroplebeia, and have no sting. Of the remainder, which live solitary lives, none are aggressive, and most can not actually use their sting on humans because they are too small to do so. Larger examples of Australian native bee are capable of stinging if handled or squashed. The stings of most Australian native species of bee will cause relatively minor dis
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