A while back I had the chance to rescue a hive of bees from a meter box. This particular bee was Tetragonula Hockingsi.
One of the main ways that people differentiate between native bee species is their brood structure.
I wanted to write about an interesting comparison I had between two Hockingsi bee hives. The colour of their brood and their behavior. Keep in mind these two hives were sitting right next to each other for some months. Their boxes are the same.
Have a look at the pictures below.
Forgive me for poor photo quality, these were taken at night through a clear viewing panel with a phone.
The first is a very reddish brown and the second a light yellow.
Interesting thing is that these pictures were taken very close together. You can see the Hockingsi bees on the right have almost enclosed their brood while the Hockingsi on the left have left it open.
These two bee hives also had very different personality’s. The one on the left is quite an angry bee hive, Sending attack bees at a slight bump or wobble of the hive (Even at night). The one on the right could be opened in the heat of the day with no problems.
Could these bees be slightly different? Who knows but I thought I would write about it anyways.