There are a number of different types of bee in a stingless beehive, each with a different role.
There is a lot of terminology around native bees, which can potentially be confusing for beginners. This article is a breakdown of the most common lingo used within the native bee community.
Many people are fascinated to find out that not only are the big yellow bees that we commonly see flying around our garden introduced from Europe, but here in Australia we also have many of our own wonderful native bees. We really are lucky to have a huge diversity of awesome natives, ranging from the fuzzy blue banded bees and cuddly teddy bear bees to hard-working stingless bees and ingenious resin bees. In this post, I'll be sharing a few interesting facts about Native Stingless Bees in Australia. Further research is highly recommended :)
Are you looking to attract Australian Native Bees to your garden? Planting flowers is one of the best ways to do this. Native Bees such as stingless bees require three main resources - Nectar, Pollen, and Resin. If possible, try to make sure that you have at least two plants flowering at all times of the year. This ensures that there are ample resources even during periods (such as winter) where there is usually not as many.
If you are looking into keeping Australian Native Stingless Bush Bees, here is a quick overview of what stingless beekeeping involves, and how to get started! If you want to research some more, we have a list of useful books, websites and resources here.
When starting our with our native bees, it can be hard to know what information is needed - and often the language is too difficult for the beginner. So, here is a list of essential and useful books, websites and resources - that both beginners, and seasoned beekeepers can learn from!
When a queen dies (or a hive is split), the hive (or 1 of the split halves) will become queenless. This means that the hive will no longer be able to increase in population, as they do not have a laying queen. Numerous methods of requeening have been observed in Australian Native Stingless Bee species, particularly the 'Tetragonula' bees. If you have ever wondered how these bees manage to survive if they become queenless, please read on!
Hi! I'm Isaac, a 17 year old passionate about all of Australia's native bees, particularly our stingless bees (Bush Bees). My interest in them began when my school bought a native beehive, in early 2016.
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