Peter Davenport with Varsity Native Bees

A great demonstration by Peter and very generous of John – Varsity Native Bees and Susan – Presto Creations for allowing everyone to attend, and providing welcoming drinks to attendees! [Click to see more photos and info from the day]

Brood Transfer

If you have access to other strong colonies you can remove a few layers of brood from one colony and add it to the declining colony. Hopefully this will add new emerging bees for the new colony but most importantly add brood Queen cells to create a new Queen. [Read more…]

Observation Log

The larger 6.5 litre Observation Log finished. All round to give the feel of looking inside a tree hollow. Double door / double sided viewing. 35mm Cypress body with Camphor Laurel top and base with the live edge bark. [Read more…]

Roof Testing

I’m having a look at a some roof designs and trying to gauge how effectively they reduce box heat in summer. You might think it’s obvious that a roof will help keep a hive box cool, but how effective is it? It could end up being more about the box that the roof? . [Read more…]

Redcliffe Garden Centre with Greg’s Native Bees

Greg Coonan of Greg’s Native Bees held an info session at the Redcliffe Garden Centre. It’s my local and favourite nursery owned and run by Ross and his wife Gena, so I couldn’t resist dropping in. [Read more…]

New to Native Bees?.. here’s some helpfull articles…

I have an empty box, where can I get bees from?

Native Stingless Bees will always come in a box or log of their own. You can’t make or buy an empty box and then buy bees by themselves later. Empty boxes sold by box makers are intended for people that already have boxes full of bees and want to multiply their colonies by splitting, budding or transferring colonies. Read more…

Stingless Bees – FAQs

We have 13 species of Stingless Bees in Australia. This article covers one of the most popular species that people will keep in their back yards – Tetragonula Carbonaria – common to Brisbane and Sydney. Read the article…