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thin, fragile, tubular nest made from the tree sap by stingless sweat bees


tropical rainforest, 800m


I spotted this for the first time along the trail to Nepenthes camp in Maliau basin. I spotted it again in the basin a few days later.

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Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Sigg. I'm not an entomologist but I didn't see any matches in his album.

SG in CR
SG in CR 6 years ago

Check out this Flickr album "Malaysia bees" by Bernard Jacobi,
You may find a match, I didn't take to time to go through all the images.

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks for all the great comments. Thanks kel and sunny, but these appear to be more orange than the bees in Trigona.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago


Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

very peculiar, would like to see one in person!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

This is the entrances of a Stingless bee nest

Sckel 6 years ago

Dan, sunny was referring to bees of the genus Trigona.

Super cool capture Dan,congrats and thanks for sharing

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Looks like some kind of Musical instrument :) ha ha ..Nice one Dan :)

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks sunnyjosef, but I couldn't find anything like it called a mosquito bee. Thanks Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That's incredible Dan. Great find.

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Perfect home...! Excellent spotting dandoucette.. Please try searching for mosquito bees..

pamsai 6 years ago

Saw these in Cambodia also, Dan, but they were straight, without the flared top.

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Marta! It blew my mind as well!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Amazing structure!

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Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jan 29, 2014
Submitted on Aug 3, 2014

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