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Expand your knowledge of Australian native bees with booklets in the Native Bees of Australia Series


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
9 -- Boxing and Splitting Hives

Important 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.


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BOOKLET 1 - Introduction to Australian Native Bees: Third Edition - 2017

Explore Australia's 1600 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: Third Edition - 2017

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: Third Edition - 2017

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 1,600 solitary bee species see Booklet 1 and our Native Bee Field Guide.


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.

"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

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.
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BOOKLET 5 - Keeping Australian Stingless Bees in a Log or Box: Third Edition - 2017

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 effects of pesticides on stingless bees, and 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:
Second Edition - 2017

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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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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by Tim Heard

A wonderful new book on solitary bees and stingless bees -- spectacular colour photographs and diagrams with 264 pages of the latest information!

The Australian Native Bee Book by Tim Heard provides a complete guide to keeping our Australian stingless bees. It also showcases the broad diversity of Australia's other native bee species.

The chapter describing Australia's stingless bee species was co-authored by Anne Dollin of Aussie Bee with all the latest species names of the Tetragonula and Austroplebeia stingless bees.

Price: $35 plus postage and handling.

For more details or to order a copy of this book, visit Tim Heard's website:

by John Klumpp

An excellent book on stingless beekeeping with over 200 photographs in full colour!

Australian Stingless Bees by John Klumpp is a valuable handbook for anyone interested in keeping our native honeybees.

This detailed, easy-to-read book guides you through all aspects of the hobby -- from understanding the inner workings of your nest to caring for your own stingless bee or 'sugarbag' colony.

It covers the basic beekeeping techniques used in Australia today, but also features John Klumpp's own unique designs for hives and hive accessories.

Topics Included

  • Stingless bee behaviour
  • Queens, workers and males
  • How to find a nest in the bush
  • Rescuing nests
  • Tips on buying a hive
  • Box designs
  • Boxing a nest
  • Splitting a hive
  • Sugarbag honey
  • Honey feeders
  • Fighting swarms
  • Pests and predators
  • The cadaghi controversy
  • Planting a bee-friendly garden
  • Future of stingless beekeeping

An Excellent Companion Handbook for the ANBRC Information Booklets (more details)

- Touches lightly on topics already fully covered in the ANBRC Information Booklets such as: stingless bee species; step by step techniques for boxing and splitting hives; and honey harvesting.

- Presents substantial NEW MATERIAL on other topics not covered in detail in the ANBRC Information Booklets such as: buying a hive; new box designs; new hive equipment; splitting with the eduction method; identification of pests; and the newly discovered wasp parasite.

Written from the viewpoint of the native bee enthusiast!
Beginners will enjoy John Klumpp's lighthearted and informal style, with its hearty dash of good Aussie humour. Yet this book is factual and informative enough to expand the knowledge of even experienced beekeepers.

The Author
John Klumpp is one of Australia's most creative and talented stingless bee keepers. His innovative designs have added a whole new dimension to the beekeeping techniques used in Australia's stingless bee industry.

We regret that we are currently out of stock of John Klumpp's book. However, copies are available from the publisher, Earthling Enterprises at: www.earthling.com.au


Learn to identify more than 30 of Sydney's colourful native bee species with Australia's first-ever native bee field guide

Native Bees of the Sydney Region: A Field Guide is a practical field guide designed to help wildlife enthusiasts, bushwalkers, gardeners, beekeepers and students to identify our dazzling native bees of the Sydney area.

With extensive colour plates and black and white illustrations, it is also a sturdy volume suitable for field use.

More features you will love in this unique field guide:

  • Describes 31 of the most easily-recognised Sydney species
  • Includes over 20 species also found in Queensland and Victoria
  • Comprehensive section on garden plants loved by native bees
  • Designs for artificial nests
  • Field observation sheets
  • Pronunciation guide
  • Glossary and index
"Bee-lovers rejoice! Here at last is the help we've long needed, a field guide that's not only authoritative, but clearly written and beautifully illustrated."

-- Densey Clyne, Naturalist and Author

Click here for more reviewer comments

Printed copies of this book are now out of stock.

However, a full colour, updated PDF version of this popular guide is available!

-- All photographs now in full colour showing the true beauty of these native bees
-- All scientific names updated according to a major worldwide revision of the bees published in 2000;

Price: $Aust 12.00.

The 2.2 MB PDF file will be emailed to your nominated email address after your payment has been processed.

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Step into the amazing world of native bees with the Aussie Bee Back Issue Collection

==> Here is a complete index of all articles
in Aussie Bee Bulletin

Aussie Bee is the one and only magazine published to showcase Australian native bees.

The 18 issues which were published over a five year period are a veritable encyclopaedia of native bee knowledge and a great introduction to this fascinating insect.
  • Remarkable stories on the secret lives of native bees and how to encourage them in your garden; techniques for keeping stingless bees; crop pollination with native bees; native bee pollination of wildflowers; outback safaris in search of native bees; and much more

  • Rare photographs of bees, their nests and behaviour

  • Every issue has up to 24 pages and is packed with original articles, photos, drawings and practical information that are simply unavailable elsewhere.

Check out the fascinating articles in the back issues: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5, Issue 6, Issue 7, Issue 8, Issue 9, Issue 10, Issue 11 , Issue 12, Issue 13, Issue 14, Issue 15, Issue 16 , Issue 17 and Issue 18.



Issues 4, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18 may currently still be ordered individually -- while stocks last.

Price: $5.00 plus postage & handling per issue.
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