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Anne Dollin
Promoting Australian Native Bees
Promoting Australian Native Bees

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WildThings Program distributes hundreds of native hives

Congratulations to Peter Clarke with his thriving WildThings program in Ku-ring-gai Council in Sydney! He and his team have split and distributed hundreds of hives of native stingless bees to local homes in the area -- actually 500 hives at last count.

The program aims to create positive relationships between people and wildlife through education.
#bees #stinglessbees #australiannativebees #nativebees

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Leafcutter bee shares a nest burrow with a wolf spider!

Laurence Sanders has submitted an extraordinary series of photos to BowerBird website. They show an Australian leafcutter bee sharing the nest burrow of a wolf spider.

She returns to the burrow clutching a piece of leaf she has clipped out for her nest; she calmly slips into the burrow past the large wolf spider in residence; and busily builds her nest cells, stocking them with pollen and nectar for her young.

Is this behaviour really rare or has it just never been photographed before, wonders BowerBird creator Dr Ken Walker.
#nativebees #australiannativebees #bees #leafcutter #spider  

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A superb new native bee book for Australia

Have you seen Dr Tim Heard's fabulous book about Australian native bees? It introduces our diverse solitary bee species, with spectacular colour photos, then presents a complete guide on how to keep our stingless native bees.

I was delighted to contribute information and photos about our Australian stingless bee species to this excellent book. It is a thoroughly researched and in-depth resource for anyone interested in our Australian native bees.

'The Australian Native Bee Book' is 264 pages long, with over 500 full colour photos and detailed diagrams. Aussie Bee highly recommends this new publication.

#australiannativebees #australianstinglessbees #nativebees #stinglessbees #pets #insectpets #pets #nativestinglessbees 

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CSIRO tiny trackers help honeybees fight disease

"It's a tracking device weighing less than half a grain of rice, attached to thousands of bees in a single hive. Preserving Australia's healthy honeybees is the focus of CSIRO research rolling out in Canberra over the spring and summer."

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Leafcutter Bees
"The amazing handiwork of the leafcutter bees makes them one of the most fascinating bees in Australia! The leafcutter bee snips a neat circle or oval from a leaf. She will use these leaf pieces to weave tiny cradles for her eggs inside her nest burrow."

The photos on the above page have been kindly contributed by Erica Siegel of Queensland.

#leafcutterbee #australiannativebees #nativebees #australia 

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These pets are the bee's knees

"Looking  for a low-maintenance pet that doesn't take up too much space, won't bite and needs no looking after when you go on holidays?
I suggest you try native Australian stingless bees.

Unlike the introduced European honey bee, Australia has bees that won't sting, making them perfect 'pets' for children and safe for those who have allergies, says Cath Young.

The family has adopted a hive of native stingless bees which takes pride of place outside her seven-year-old daughter's window.

'We watch them fly off and return home later with big blobs of pollen on their back legs for their queen,' she says."

#australiannativebees #nativebees #australia #pets #insectpets #pets #nativestinglessbees  

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Honey bees, crop pollination and the varroa mite
Some questions and answers about the varroa mite which poses a great threat to bees and the plants and food production that depend on them.

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The 10 most important things you need to know about Australia's native stingless bees!

#australianstinglessbees #australiannativebees #stinglessbees #nativebees #australia 

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A buzz about citizen science

"Gardeners and wildlife photographers across eastern Australia have been donning their metaphoric lab coats and becoming citizen scientists in a project to document the activity of insects. (...)

['Charles Sturt University's Dr Manu Saunders] has started a wild pollinator count using citizen scientists to document how native insects contribute to pollination in crops and gardens across Australia.

Members of the public simply had to follow simple instructions and then observe, document and possibly take photographs of insects they saw landing on flowering plants and send in the results to a central website.

"[It's] the idea of just getting people that aren't trained scientists out and about actually looking at things that are happening and collecting data.'
Dr Saunders says European honey bees get a lot of attention because they are adaptable and able to visit almost any flower in most climate zones but not a lot is known about native pollinators.

They include the approximately 2,000 types of native bees and several thousand butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrips and ant species."

#pollinators #pollinatorinsects #pollination #nativebees #australia  

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Native bees and native flies outperform honeybees in mango pollination

"The research also looked at how much pollen each insect transferred in a single flower visit. The highly revered honeybee was not in top spot.

'In terms of the amount of pollen transferred to a single mango flower, the native bee and several flies performed better than the honeybee.

The native bee transferred on average about seven pollen grains per visit, the honeybee 2.7 pollen grains and the blue blowfly about 6.8 pollen grains.' "

#pollination #mango #nativebees #nativeflies #honeybee #queensland #australia #mareeba  
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