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
Sometimes great opportunities come along in life and I consider this one, a day pottering in the woodshed with Doug Irvine! Doug Irvine is a legend in the stingless bee world, creating works of art disguised as native bee boxes
The Brisbane Branch of the ANBA held their annual hive competition for the December 2021 meeting. Each year the Brisbane branch of the Australian Native Bee Association (ANBA) hosts a hive exhibition. It was originally intended as an exhibition but
Native Bee Identification, Ecology & Beekeeping with Tobias Smith This was a one day workshop held at Qld Uni with a short presentation covering the basics then in to the lab for a three hour bee identification session using Toby’s
Jen from Craigslea State School – Sustainability Project contacted me looking for photos she could use. Jen has gone to a lot of effort with this project, also putting together some great posters for the school and was kind enough
Okinja Early Learning Centre recently received funding for new additions to their outdoor area. Kristy – Manager at Okinja said they’re setting up the new area with raised garden beds for vegies, adding citrus trees, a shade sail, and most
John from Varsity Native Bees saw this nice looking empty wooden hive box at Little Bees Secret Garden at Canungra and had to have it, then invited Peter Davenport to transfer a colony from a hive owned by Susan at
Top photo: Ross and Greg 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
Summer is here! Your Native Bee Hive may need some help during the hotter periods.
For Methods 1 to 4 you will need an existing hive colony – either already purchased
Finally i have one of Tony Goodrichs’ boxes, supplied by Melissa at Sydney Stingless Bees.
The contraversial topic of the Cadaghi – Corymbia torelliana Native to North Queensland, it’s classed
Above photo: Top half of the Red Mail Box hive, and bottom of the Treasure
There’s over 1600 species of native bees in Australia, with an estimated possible 2000 species!!!
Want to build a bee hotel this weekend and encourage some native solitary bees in
Building & Tests
This article is about moisture content and wood only, not humidity conditions for bee colonies.
Can I make a native bee box from Camphor laurel? That questions comes up every
All original concepts and designs by Steve – unique to nativebeehives.com Designs – All designs on
Stingless Bees can create their honey pots everywhere within the hive but it’s commonly thought
What kind of timber should you use for making Native Bee boxes? Most people will
I’ve added a couple of new products to the list. Doug Irvine uses the Intergrain
Lets make another “Can of worms” chart! There’s so many variables, you can not fairly