The Australian Native Bee Book

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Guide to keeping stingless bee hives for pollination and sugarbag honey. Illustrated with over 500 colour photos, drawings and charts to aid your learning. The complete guide to native stingless bees, written by Tim Heard, an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures. Paperback. 245 pages.

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Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees.  Whether you keep a bee hive or two in your backyard garden, or want to use multiple hives on a commercial farm, this friendly guide has you covered.

Book includes:

  • Bee biology, behaviour, nesting, social life and foraging
  • How to build your own native bee hive
  • How to transfer a bee colony to a hive box and propagate hives
  • All about sugarbag honey, included how to extract it from hives
  • Managing your hive
  • Indentifying and dealing with pests
  • Using stingless bees for pollination - from small gardens to commercial crops
  • A complete list of Australia's stingless bee species, how to identify them, their characteristics, where they occur, and recommended hives
  • A readable summary of the latest research on native bees

Written by Tim Heard. Paperback. 245 pages. Published 2016.  Dimensions: 19cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

Find also here the Biome Bee House to provide native solitary bees with a home to raise their young.  This bee house is not for stingless bees that live in hives and produce honey.  

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A beatiful read

I did not know what to expect when I ordered this book. I ordered it because I wanted to encourage the native bees on our property. What a surprise! A beautiful read with a large quantity of lovely illustrations and photos and an accessible text for both amateurs, like me, and readers more experienced in the topic. Highly recommended for an unusual gift or anyone interested in the natural world.

 – 13 Dec. 2018

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