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Failed Small Tc Hive

There was a swarm for a few days which seemed to have lead to the colony decline. Bee traffic dropped to zero and then I noticed the grubs. This box was made in 2016 and has housed bees from 2019

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Imitate Nature to Multiply Colonies?

Can we multiply colonies by copying what happens in the natural environment? Stingless bees wont abandon their current hive but can create a new independent colony by finding a new space and slowly building it up over months. Dr Tobias

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Austroplebeia australis – Photos

Austroplebeia australis (Aa) look the same but their nest construction is a little different compared to Tetragonula. Mostly wax structures and very fragile brood cells which seem randomly placed. Below: Observation box housing Aa near Ipswich Qld. Honey pots attached

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Stingless Bee Feeders

It’s very unlikely you’ll need to feed your bees except in extreme conditions! Most people will never need feeders for their bees as the majority of stingless bee owners live in suburbs with well established gardens and large resources for

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Are Male Stingless Bees Evicted?

The theory you may hear… It could be true, but should be questioned… Research by Franciso Garcia Francisco found that male bees leave the colony once they reach sexual maturity and it’s their mission to find a virgin queen from

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Flooded Hive Box

The video shows the bees repairing and rebuilding their colony after water had entered the hive box during heavy rain. If your hive box was completely submerged in flood water it’s likely the colony will not survive. It’s up to

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Research Before Buying Bee Hotels

Bee Hotels are great for providing extra habitat for certain species of native bees, but, there can be misunderstanding or misinformation in advertising about bee hotels so it’s important to do some research before buying or making one. Most native

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Popular Stingless Bee FAQs

I’ve made or bought 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 buy bees by themselves. Empty boxes sold by box makers are

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Phorid Fly – Pest

Pests to native stingless bee colonies! About half the size of a stingless bee and they move very quickly, jumping around inside the hive box. The stingless bees do seem to chase the flies but the flies are too fast

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Tetragonula hockingsi

Tetragonula hockingsi is very similar to Tetragonula carbonaria – click here to see that article https://www.nativebeehives.com/native-stingless-bees-tetragonula-carbonaria/ Article under construction, more info and photos to come… I haven’t forgotten about this article. It’s just been pushed to the rear of the

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Cadaghi Seed & Resin

The contraversial topic of the Cadaghi – Corymbia torelliana Native to North Queensland, it’s classed as a weed in areas like Brisbane. It’s been widely used in private gardens and by councils over the years on footpaths and parks so

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Stingless Bee Species Takeover

Species Takeover These two colonies are south of Brisbane in the Logan area. Both were Tetragonula carbonaria last time i was there. Since then one has been taken over by the species Tetragonula hockingsi. You can see the main difference

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Honey Super Designs & Testing

Stingless Bees can create their honey pots everywhere within the hive but it’s commonly thought they will store their honey further away from the entrance, and place Pollen nearer the entrance. (See photo below that displays this) For “optimum” pure

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Overheat & mould

Everything in this hive was in great condition with no pests, a good amount of resources and plenty of good looking brood. A strong healthy colony with lots of bees. Moisture levels are normally very high inside a hive, around

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New to Native Bees?

Hopefully this article will get you started in the right direction. This page lightly touches on everything from Bee species through workshops, publications and clubs. As a buyer you have a duty of care, once you have bees you should

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