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Expand your Knowledge of
Australian Native Bees
with Booklets in the
Native Bees of Australia Series


Brand new editions of Booklets 1 to 5 were launched in October 2010:

-- completely updated with the latest research information from Australia and around the world on bee behaviour, species differences, honey qualities, pests and parasites and much more!

-- greatly expanded with over twice as much information as was included in the original editions.

-- Great new photographs in every booklet including the stunning close up photographs of Peter O. and Erica Siegel!

What people say about the Native Bees of Australia Series booklets

"Authoritative... well-researched and presented..."
-- Doug Somerville, NSW Agriculture

"A wealth of useful practical solutions... a must to read from cover to cover!"
-- Sue Ellison, North Shore Beekeepers Assoc., NSW


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1 -- Introduction to Australian Native Bees
2 -- Nests of Australian Stingless Bees
3 -- Behaviour of Australian Stingless Bees
4 -- How to Recognise the Different Type of Australian Stingless Bees
5 -- Keeping Australian Stingless Bees in a Log or Box
6 -- Crop Pollination with Australian Stingless Bees
7 -- Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers - Vol 1
8 -- Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers - Vol 1
9 -- Boxing and Splitting Hives
10 -- Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers - Vol 1

Please note:
Booklets 2 - 10 deal with the stingless native bees which do NOT occur in Victoria, Tasmania, SA, the ACT, the southern half of WA or in the colder areas of NSW.


BOOKLET 1 - Introduction to Australian Native Bees: Second Edition - 2010

Explore Australia's 1500 species of native bees, with a guide to common varieties, advice on building a native bee friendly garden and tips on how to obtain and care for the popular stingless native bees!

  • What are native bees?
  • Common bees that are not Australian natives
  • Masked bees
  • Leafcutter bees
  • Resin bees
  • Blue banded bees
  • Teddy bear bees
  • Cuckoo bees
  • Reed bees
  • Carpenter bees
  • Social stingless native bees
  • Buzz pollination
  • Creating a garden for Australian native bees
  • Nests of the Australian stingless bees
  • Obtaining a nest or hive of Australian stingless bees
  • Rescuing a damaged stingless bee nest
  • Keeping stingless bees in your garden
  • Honey of the Australian stingless bees
  • Australian stingless bee industry

Price: $Aust 8.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 2 - Nests of Australian Stingless Bees: Second Edition - 2010

Find out all about the intricate nests built by our Australian stingless native bees from the nest entrance right through to the fascinating brood, including recent discoveries about the qualities of Australian stingless bee honey.

  • Strange nest sites overseas
  • Natural and man made nest sites in Australia
  • Materials used for building the nest
  • Nest entrances and tunnels
  • The nest cavity
  • Batumen plates
  • Internal entrance
  • Honey and pollen pots
  • Qualities of stingless bee honey
  • Involucrum
  • Brood structure comparisons
  • The cycle of the advancing front
  • Brood structures built by different species
  • Effect of cavity shape on brood structure
  • Observing a nest of stingless bees
  • Glossary

Price: $Aust 8.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 3 - Behaviour of Australian Stingless Bees: Second Edition - 2010

Learn all about the unique behaviour of our Australian stingless bees both within the nest and out amongst the flowers, including the latest scientific findings on egg laying, swarming, foraging and more!

  • The three castes of stingless bees
  • Choosing the sex of the offspring
  • Life cycle: the egg, larva, pupa and adult
  • Nest construction materials
  • Building and provisioning brood cells
  • Egg laying in Tetragonula (previously called Trigona) and Austroplebeia species
  • Air conditioning the nest
  • Waste disposal in the nest
  • Nest defence
  • Fighting swarms
  • Foraging for nectar and pollen
  • Pheromone scent trails
  • Converting nectar to honey
  • Special adaptations for pollen collecting
  • Collecting resin
  • Building a new nest
  • Early life of the virgin queen bees
  • Mating swarms
  • Glossary

Price: $Aust 8.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 4 - How to Recognise the Different Types of Australian Stingless Bees: Second Edition - 2010

Note: This booklet covers our 10 species of social stingless bees only (Tetragonula - previously called Trigona - and Austroplebeia). It does not discuss in detail our solitary species such as blue banded bees or leafcutter bees. For details on Australia's 1,500 solitary bee species see Booklet 1 and our Native Bee Field Guide.

Update your knowledge on the different types of stingless bees found in Australia with the very latest findings from the Australian Native Bee Research Centre, including step-by-step identification charts and detailed descriptions.

  • A brief look at other types of native bees
  • European bees that have been introduced to Australia
  • Native bee anatomy
  • Australia's two genera of stingless bees, Tetragonula* and Austroplebeia (*Previously called Trigona - Why has their name been changed?)
  • Physical differences between our six Tetragonula species
  • Nests differences between our six Tetragonula species
  • History, nests and distributions of our six Tetragonula species in detail:
    -- T. carbonaria
    -- T. hockingsi
    -- T. davenporti
    -- T. mellipes
    -- T. sapiens
    -- T. clypearis
  • An overseas relative: Tetragonula biroi
  • Nests and physical characteristics of our Austroplebeia species
  • Details about the nine named species of Austroplebeia
  • The three castes in a stingless bee nest and their duties within the nest: queens, workers and drones
  • How to distinguish queens, workers and drones

Price: $Aust 8.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 5 - Keeping Australian Stingless Bees in a Log or Box: Second Edition - 2010

Combining the expertise of Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC, and Dr Tim Heard, CSIRO

Learn how to obtain and care for a log nest or boxed hive of our Australian stingless bees, including the latest research findings about the effects of pesticides on stingless bees and about pests and parasites of stingless bees!

  • History of stingless beekeeping
  • Our Australian pioneers of stingless beekeeping
  • How to obtain Australian stingless bees
    -- including a detailed state by state guide to the best species
  • How to set up a nest in its orginal log
  • Which is better: log nests or boxed hives?
  • Major hive box designs
  • The basic horizontal split box design or 'OATH'
  • Vertical split box design
  • Two storey horizontal split box design
  • Introduction to boxing a nest
  • Caring for a boxed hive
  • How to move your stingless bees
  • Swarming
  • Hazards to avoid:
    -- Pesticides
    -- Cadagi tree resin
    -- Ants
    -- Spiders
    -- Braconid wasps
    -- Syrphid flies
    -- Phorid flies
    -- Small Hive Beetles
  • Introduction to propagating a hive by eduction or splitting
  • Simple honey harvesting


Price: $Aust 10.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 6 - Crop Pollination with Australian Stingless Bees

Combining the expertise of Dr Tim Heard, CSIRO, and Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

  • Should we use stingless bees commercially?
  • How does pollination happen?
  • What makes a bee a good pollinator?
  • Advantages of stingless bees for crop pollination
  • Disadvantages of stingless bees for crop pollination
  • How to get the best pollination from your stingless bees:
    -- Suitable crops
    -- Pollen robbing
    -- Response to the weather
    -- Flight activity of the colonies
    -- Importance of natural vegetation
    -- Flight range
    -- Nest mate recognition
    -- How to move hives
    -- Pesticides
    -- Pollination of non-crop species
    -- Buzz pollination
  • Detailed Survey of Suitable Crops


Price: $Aust 10.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 7 - Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers (Volume 1)

Fascinating tips from 30 Australian beekeepers on:

  • Results of Australia's first National Stingless Beekeeping Survey conducted in 1999
  • The OATH (Original Australian Trigona Hive) and alternative box designs
  • Alternative box designs
  • Solutions for the cadagi resin problem
  • Transferring a nest from a log into a box
  • Splitting hives
  • Siting hives
  • Insulation of hives
  • Supplementary feeding
  • Honey harvesting and storage
  • Propolis harvesting and storage
  • Warnings:
    -- Chilling and overheating
    -- Nest-attacking flies
    -- Insecticides
    -- Water damage


Price $Aust 10.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 8 - Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers (Volume 2)

More tips from 120 Australian beekeepers on:

  • Finding nests:
    -- Ideal weather conditions
    -- Best time of day
    -- Which trees to search
    -- Look for flying bees
    -- Other tell tale signs
    -- Nests in a heap of timber
  • Boxing Austroplebeia nests
  • Siting hives
  • Hive boxes in current use
  • Insulating hives:
    -- Timber thickness
    -- Foam covers
  • Avoiding overheating of hives
  • New box designs:
    -- For honey harvesting
    -- For Austroplebeia nests
    -- A cattleproof design
    -- Cylindrical designs
  • Experimental heated hive designs
  • Honey harvesting techniques

Price: $Aust 10.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 9 - Boxing and Splitting Hives --
A Complete Do it Yourself Guide for Stingless Bee Keepers

By Anne Dollin, and Russell and Janine Zabel

A Step-by-Step Demonstration of the Two Most Essential Stingless Beekeeping Techniques with Over 70 Photographs and Drawings.

  • Rescuing a nest from the bush
  • Transferring a nest into a box:
    -- Preparing the materials
    -- Preparing the hive box
    -- Preparing yourself
    -- Opening the log
    -- Transfer of food, brood and bees
    -- Final steps
  • Transferring a large nest into two boxes:
    -- Transferring the food, brood and bees
    -- Final steps
  • Splitting a Hive:
    -- Best time to split a hive
    -- Hive selection
    -- Preparing the site
    -- Preparing the materials
    -- Preparing the new hive box
    -- The splitting technique
    -- Care of hives after splitting
  • Troubleshooting guide


Price: $Aust 10.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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BOOKLET 10 - Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers (Volume 3)

Still more tips from 120 Australian beekeepers on:

  • Strengthening Hives:
    -- Increasing bee numbers
    -- Boosting a hive's defences
    -- Providing warmth and shelter
    -- Supplementary feeders
    -- Artificial honeypot systems
  • Controlling Predators:
    -- Ants
    -- Spiders
    -- Phorid flies
    -- Syrphid flies
    -- Cane toads
    -- Lizards
    -- Birds
  • Dealing with Torelliana resin
  • Preventing fighting swarms
  • Causes of hive death
  • Crop pollination
  • Preventing hive theft
  • Breeding queen bees

Price: $Aust 10.00 plus postage & handling within Australia.

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