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Native Bee Exploration Camp Southern Qld – Photos

The owner of this large property between Stanthorpe and Texas Qld had found a few stingless bee colonies in old hollow trees and was keen to learn more from our visit. We did a fair bit of wondering around the property locating a number of colonies of Austroplebeia australis. It

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Tough Year For The Bees

With extended heavy rain and cold periods, native bees have had it pretty rough for the last year. Foraging times have been short and food resources low. It’s likely there will be quite a few colony loses. If your colony

MURRURN | Native Bee Project – video

A nicely filmed short video helping out native bees after bushfires. Megan Halcroft worked with the Murrurn community on bushfire recovery projects. Direct link:

Honey Jar Trial Update 2022

My simple honey jar trials… I set up two hives with three honey jars on each. The idea was to check the ratio of pollen vs honey from front to back jars. I’ve seen people say the jars get too

Industry Box Standard

Image: Cracking Box. Art by David Nash There is no industry standard when it comes to native bee boxes and design is a can of worms… There’s lots of people making and selling native bee boxes, registered businesses and

Pesticides, Mosquito Control & Native Bees

There’s been plenty of concerns over the years about council spraying mangrove areas with pesticides to control mosquitos and if it has any adverse effects on our native stingless bees. Dr Brian Johnson (QIMRB) and Dr James Hereward (UQ) presented their

In The Shed with Doug Irvine – Video Series

In this four part video series Doug covers various hive building subjects… Trailer – 30 seconds Video 1 – Dougs Shed Tour – 20mins Video 2 – Basic Joints – 12mins Video 3 – Finger Joints – 20mins Video 4

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


New to Native Bees?

Hopefully this article will get you started in the right direction. This page lightly touches

Cadaghi Seed & Resin

The contraversial topic of the Cadaghi – Corymbia torelliana Native to North Queensland, it’s classed

Overheat & mould

Everything in this hive was in great condition with no pests, a good amount of

Building & Tests

Wooden Pegs

Wooden Pegs / Dowels for Native Bee Frame Construction Wooden pegs or dowels can be

Painting Gaps

Gaps between frames can be a real problem with bee hives as they allow pests