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


NEW!
JUST RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2016!

Booklet 4 -- Edition 3:
How to Recognise the Different Types of Australian Stingless Bees

-- now presents a complete identification guide to both the Tetragonula and the Austroplebeia stingless bee species

-- explains all the new Austroplebeia findings from our 2015 revision paper

-- completely revised and updated

-- greatly expanded with over twice as much information as was included in the second edition.

-- extensively illustrated with diagrams, charts and photographs


"After outback safaris and intensive microscope work stretching over 35 years,
we are now excited to present to you in this new edition
a complete guide to identifying
all of the Tetragonula and Austroplebeia species in Australia!'


Dr Anne Dollin, Aussie Bee


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


SPECIAL OFFER

BUY ALL SIX OF OUR CURRENT BOOKLETS for just $45.00
plus postage and handling

SAVE $9!
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1 -- Introduction to Australian Native Bees
2 -- Nests of Australian Stingless Bees
3 -- Behaviour of Australian Stingless Bees
4 --
NEW: How to Recognise the Different Type of Australian Stingless Bees - EDITION 3
5 -- Keeping Australian Stingless Bees in a Log or Box
9 -- Boxing and Splitting Hives

Please note:
Booklets 2 - 5 and 9 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.

To order a copy, click here



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.

To order a copy, click here



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: THIRD EDITION - 2016

Note: This booklet covers our 11 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.

THIS NEW EDITION HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED!

A complete identification guide to both the Tetragonula and Austroplebeia stingless bees, including the new Austroplebeia names given in our 2015 revision paper.

Now 36 pages long -- over twice as much information as in Edition 2.

Learn about the different types of stingless bees found in Australia based on the findings of the Australian Native Bee Research Centre, including step-by-step identification charts and detailed descriptions.

  • A brief look at other kinds of native and introduced bees in Australia
  • Stingless bee anatomy
  • Australia's two genera of stingless bees, Tetragonula* and Austroplebeia (*Previously called Trigona - Why has their name been changed?)

    The Six Tetragonula Species (based on our 1997 revision paper)
  • How to distinguish 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
  • Plus an overseas relative: Tetragonula biroi

    The Five Austroplebeia Species (based on our 2015 revision paper)
  • How to distinguish our five Austroplebeia species
  • History, nests and distributions of our five Austroplebeia species in detail:
    -- A. cincta
    -- A. essingtoni
    -- A. australis
    -- A. cassiae
    -- A. magna
    (a new species)

    The Queens, Workers and Males
  • The three stingless bee castes and their duties within the nest: queens, workers and males
  • How to distinguish queens, workers and males

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

To order a copy, click here



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 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.

To order a copy, click here


SPECIAL OFFER

BUY ALL SIX OF OUR CURRENT BOOKLETS for just $45.00
plus postage and handling

SAVE $9!
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NOTE: Aussie Bee is no longer stocking the following four booklets as they have been superceded by more recent publications. However, at present copies of these booklets may still be obtained from Russell Zabel: bees@zabel.com.au
Booklet 6 - Crop Pollination with Australian Stingless Bees (1998)
Booklet 7 - Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers, Volume 1 (1999)

Booklet 8 - Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers, Volume 2 (2002)
Booklet 10 - Tips on Stingless Beekeeping by Australian Beekeepers, Volume 3 (2002)



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