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ARTICLE 26 -- October 2017

How to Make Nest Blocks for Resin Bees
by Les Dollin, ANBRC

Australian native Resin Bees, Leafcutters, Masked Bees and Wasp Mimic Bees can be encouraged to nest in small timber blocks with drilled holes. Follow these step by step instructions and make your own 'Bee Hotel' for these fascinating native solitary bees.

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Les first explained his vision to support native bees with drilled timber blocks over 20 years ago -- in Aussie Bee Bulletin! Download 1998 article (size: 570 K).

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Article 25: Meet the Austroplebeia species - a guide to Aussie Bee's revision paper
Article 24: Australian Survey of Stingless Beekeeping: 2010
Article 23: Austroplebeia cincta: Dramatic First Photos of the Queen
Article 22:Austroplebeia cincta: a Spectacular New Species of Stingless Bee for Australia
Article 21: On Native Bee Safari: Exploring WA - Pt 2
Article 20: Blue Mountains Group Builds a Native Bee House
Article 19: On Native Bee Safari: Exploring WA - Pt 1
Article 18: Keeping Out Small Hive Beetles
Article 17: On Native Bee Safari: Cape York Wilderness Pt 2
Article 16: On Native Bee Safari: Cape York Wilderness Pt 1
Article 15: When Bees Smell Like Trees
Article 14: Blue Banded Bees Create a Buzz in School
Article 13: The Mysterious Fighting Swarms
Article 12: Stingless Bees Entomb Beetle Invaders
Article 11: Australia's Biggest Ever Native Bee Workshop
Article 10: Blue Banded Bee Pollination Trials at Adelaide Uni
Article 9: Tomato Pollination with Blue Banded Bees
Article 8: Make Nest Blocks for Blue Banded Bees
Article 7: Native Bee Hives in Spectacular 3D
Article 6: Secrets of Stingless Bee Breeding
Article 5: Aussie Bee's Gardens Rise From the Ashes
Article 4: The Largest Bee in the World
Article 3: Natural Hive Duplication - Alternative to Splitting
Article 2: Blue Banded Bees: Potential Tomato Pollinators
Article 1: Welcome to Aussie Bee Online
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ARTICLE 25 -- February 2016

Meet the Austroplebeia species
-- a Guide to Aussie Bee's Revision Paper

by Anne Dollin, ANBRC

After research stretching over 35 years, we have finally sorted out the species of the Austroplebeia stingless bees! Our 2015 revision paper with Dr Claus Rasmussen identifies and describes all the Austroplebeia bees in Australia and New Guinea -- including a new species. Download this free article, to read all the key results and find out how the research was done.

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ARTICLE 24 -- June 2013

Australian Survey of Stingless Beekeeping: 2010
by Anne Dollin, ANBRC

In 2010 Megan Halcroft and Aussie Bee asked stingless bee owners across Australia to participate in a survey -- and 637 beekeepers responded! Here are the major findings of this important survey.

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ARTICLE 23 -- February 2013

Austroplebeia cincta:
Dramatic First Photos of the Queen

by Anne Dollin, ANBRC

In this article we report for the first time the queen's egg laying behaviour in the new Australian stingless bee species, Austroplebeia cincta.

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ARTICLE 22 -- January 2013

Austroplebeia cincta:
a Spectacular New Species of Stingless Bee for Australia

by Anne Dollin, ANBRC

After a five week safari researching their nests and behaviour, Aussie Bee is proud to present the fascinating story of the beautiful Austroplebeia cincta stingless bees.

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Also read our introductory story and watch videos on this beautiful new species!

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ARTICLE 21 -- September 2012

On Native Bee Safari:
Exploring Western Australia
Pt 2: An Old Native Bee Farming Area of the Aboriginals

by Les Dollin, ANBRC

Les and Anne Dollin continue their Native Bee Safari through The Kimberley, and find an area where Aboriginal people once harvested stingless bee honey. This popular article has been reprinted from Aussie Bee Bulletin, Issue 4. Colour photos from this safari can be seen on our Facebook page

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ARTICLE 20 -- July 2012

Blue Mountains Community Builds a Native Bee House
by Megan Halcroft, University of Western Sydney

Workshop participants at the Blue Mountains Group of the Australian Plant Society built a unique Bee House to support their local native bees -- guided by native bee researcher Megan Halcroft. Find out how they did it!

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ARTICLE 19 -- February 2012

On Native Bee Safari:
Exploring Western Australia
Part 1: Kalumburu Monastery, Far North Kimberley

by Les Dollin, ANBRC

Les and Anne Dollin undertake a Native Bee Safari to The Kimberley, one of the most remote areas of Western Australia. This popular article has been reprinted from Aussie Bee Bulletin, Issue 3. Colour photos from this safari can be seen on our Facebook page.

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ARTICLE 18 -- January 2012

Keeping Out Small Hive Beetles
by Ric Wade, Murwillumbah, NSW

Ric Wade's hive of stingless bees was massively attacked by South African Small Hive Beetles. Ric saved his bees through dedicated hard work and by engineering a precise beetle-excluding mesh for his hive. Here, Ric kindly presents full details of his hive protection system.

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ARTICLE 17 -- November 2011

On Native Bee Safari:
Cape York Wilderness
Part 2: Thursday Island and Old Mapoon

by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Les and Anne Dollin continue their Native Bee Safari on Cape York, visiting Thursday Island and Old Mapoon. This popular article has been reprinted from Aussie Bee Bulletin, Issue 2. Colour photos from this safari can be seen on our Facebook page.

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ARTICLE 16 -- November 2011

On Native Bee Safari:
Cape York Wilderness
Part 1: In Search of the Miniature Bee, Trigona clypearis

by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Les and Anne Dollin set off on a four wheel drive adventure - On Native Bee Safari on Cape York. This popular article has been reprinted from Aussie Bee Bulletin, Issue 1. Colour photos from this safari can be seen on our Facebook page.

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ARTICLE 15 -- December 2010

When Bees Smell Like Trees:
Stingless Bees with Resinous Perfumes

by Dr Sara Leonhardt, University of Wurzburg, Germany

Sara Leonhardt explains the amazing uses of resins by stingless bees in Australia and Borneo, that she discovered during her PhD studies.

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ARTICLE 14 -- March 2010

Blue Banded Bees Create a Buzz in School
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Never before had so many questions been asked about an Australian native bee at the same time. Read all about this unprecedented event that raised awareness of our precious native bees in 24,000 school students!

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ARTICLE 13 -- December 2008

The Mysterious Fighting Swarms
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Thousands of bees may die in battles to the death in fighting swarms of stingless bees. What triggers this behaviour? Ros Gloag of the University of Sydney used DNA techniques to find some answers. Read our detailed report on her findings.

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ARTICLE 12 -- November 2007

Stingless Bees Entomb Beetle Invaders
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

African Small Hive Beetles are invading eastern Australia. Will they harm our Austroplebeia stingless bees? Megan Halcroft of the University of Western Sydney made some fascinating discoveries.

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Also read our general report on the African Small Hive Beetles and how to recognise them

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ARTICLE 11 -- October 2007

Australia's Biggest Ever Native Bee Workshop
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Fifty one native bee enthusiasts and ten presenters descended on the University of Western Sydney in 2006 for Australia's biggest ever native bee workshop. They came from NSW and interstate for two days of seminars, practicals and lively discussions. Read our detailed report.

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ARTICLE 10 -- September 2006

Blue Banded Bee Pollination Trials at Adelaide University
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Dr Katja Hogendoorn and her team at the University of Adelaide have shown that blue banded bees could be a great alternative to European bumblebees for the Australian greenhouse tomato industry.

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ARTICLE 9 -- April 2006

Tomato Pollination with Blue Banded Bees:
The Results Are In!

by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Melissa Bell's research at the University of Western Sydney - Hawkesbury has now shown that blue banded bees (Amegilla) can be efficient pollinators of greenhouse tomatoes.

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ARTICLE 8 -- April 2006

How to Make Nest Blocks for Blue Banded Bees
by Les Dollin, ANBRC

Australian blue banded bees (Amegilla) can be encouraged to nest in small portable clay nest blocks in your Bee Hotel. Follow these step by step instructions and make your own nest blocks for your native blue banded bees.

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ARTICLE 7 -- December 2005

Native Bee Hives Viewed in Spectacular 3D!
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Mark Greco of the University of Western Sydney - Hawkesbury has developed an amazing new way of safely looking inside the nests of native bees using 'X-ray computerised tomgraphy' or CT scans. See Mark's remarkable three dimensional images of stingless bee hives and blue banded bee nests.

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ARTICLE 6 -- August 2002

Secrets of Stingless Bee Breeding -
The Results are In!

by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

How many drones mate with a virgin queen stingless bee when she soars away on her mating flight? Does the queen bee lay all the eggs in the brood comb? Kellie Palmer of the University of Sydney has used innovative DNA techniques to answer these questions -- with some surprising results.

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ARTICLE 5 -- August 2002

Aussie Bee's Gardens Rise from the Ashes
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

The bushfires of 2001 devastated the bee gardens at Aussie Bee along with many precious bee nests. But just eight months later the gardens are back! What's more, with our new knowledge of plants loved by native bees, we have been able to create even better gardens.

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ARTICLE 4 -- November 2001

The Largest Bee in the World
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

This 39 mm long bee with enormous pointy jaws, Megachile pluto, was found in 1859 in the jungles of Indonesia, then not seen again for over 100 years. Finally in 1981 the bee was rediscovered. Read the fascinating history of this bee and explore the amazing nests it builds inside the nests of termites.

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ARTICLE 3 -- November 2001

Natural Hive Duplication -
an Alternative Method of Propagating Australian Stingless Bees

by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

This simple, non-invasive method is gaining wide popularity. The Natural Hive Duplication technique is described in full detail for the first time. Stingless bee keepers are asked to help the ANBRC by making some observations.

Note: Other names for this technique are: Eduction Method, Budding and Soft Splitting.

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ARTICLE 2 -- November 2001

Blue Banded Bees -
Potential Pollinators of Glasshouse Tomatoes

by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Melissa Bell of the University of Western Sydney -Hawkesbury is conducting Australia’s first glasshouse trials with native blue banded bees. The latest results in this groundbreaking study show the potential of these bees for tomato pollination.

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ARTICLE 1 -- November 2001

Welcome to Aussie Bee Online
by Dr Anne Dollin, ANBRC

Meet the authors and explore the variety of topics to be covered in Aussie Bee Online, this exciting FREE resource from the Australian Native Bee Research Centre.

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