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Aussie Bee Bulletin
Rare photos and intriguing facts on the secret lives of Australian Native Bees.

Issue 18 (November 2001)


Banksia Bees


THE BANKSIA BEE: LITTLE KING OF THE CASTLE -- Lone male Banksia Bees (Hylaeus alcyoneus) fiercely defends against all comers the banksia flower spikes on which they are perched.

THE FAMILY TREE OF OUR AUSSIE BEES -- Over eighteen issues of Aussie Bee we have featured every major group of Australian native bees. How are all these different bees related?

NATIVE BEE FIELD GUIDE JUDGED BEST IN 2001 -- Our publication, Native Bees of the Sydney Region: A Field Guide, was judged to be to be the best field guide of 2001 in the Whitley Awards of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW.

FAREWELL TO AUSSIE BEE BULLETIN AND WELCOME TO AUSSIE BEE ONLINE! -- Aussie Bee Issue 18 will be the final issue of Aussie Bee in its printed form. In its place we are proud to announce the launch of Aussie Bee Online - a new information resource that will be available free of charge on the Aussie Bee website.

QUEENSLAND TRIP BRIMMING WITH BEEKEEPING BREAKTHROUGHS -- Anne and Les Dollin met dozens of beekeepers in Southeast Queensland during their recent trip there and found stingless beekeeping is a rapidly growing pursuit in that region. The materials gathered on the trip will produce some great new resources.

BILL MILNE: PIONEER OF THE AUSTRALIAN STINGLESS BEEKEEPING INDUSTRY -- Over the past 40 years Bill Milne collected dozens of stingless bee nests. He also developed a double wall insulated hive box and was one of the first to try splitting nests as a propagation technique.

THE FUTURE OF THE AUSTRALIAN STINGLESS BEE INDUSTRY -- What will the stingless bee industry be like in years to come? We outline the three development phases of this growing industry and suggest areas which will need special research and development.

JOIN OUR SURVEY AND HELP SOLVE THE FIGHTING SWARMS! -- Fighting swarms are a major problem for the Australian stingless bee industry. Trigona (recently renamed Tetragonula) hives send out hundreds of worker bees that swarm, sometimes for days. Large numbers of bees may die and the hive may stop foraging for long periods. We need detailed observations to help us understand this behaviour. Can you help?

THE LOST PERCINCTA BEES OF BARON VON LEONHARDI IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA -- In the Berlin Museum are four specimens of Austroplebeia percincta. They were collected at Hermannsburg, NT, by a Lutheran missionary in the late 1800s. In 1996 Les Dollin searched the Red Centre to find the source of these century-old bees.

EXPLORING THE LIFE OF TARLTON RAYMENT - PART 2: BRIAGOLONG AND SANDRINGHAM -- We follow the footsteps of the great bee naturalist, Tarlton Rayment, in Victoria. We see homes where he lived and habitats he explored. We meet people who knew him personally and we see a medal he won for his wonderful scientific, artistic and literary output.

THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR -- Reprinted here is a charming essay by Tarlton Rayment, in which he describes a native bee species, Lasioglossum mesembryanthemi, that he found nesting near his home at Sandringham, Victoria.

CADAGI TREES AND STINGLESS BEES -- The soft resins of the cadagi tree (Corymbia torelliana, previously called Eucalyptus torelliana) cause great concern to many stingless beekeepers. It is reported that cadagi resin melts easily and its seeds clog up hives. In this article Dr Helen Wallace describes her new research into this disturbing problem.

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