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How to Recognise
the Different Types

of Australian Stingless Bees

Booklet 4 -- Third Edition

Aussie Bee Homepage > Booklet 4

"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

  • Completely revised and updated
  • Over twice as much information as in the Second Edition
  • Full coverage of both the Tetragonula and the Austroplebeia species
  • Explains all the new Austroplebeia findings from our 2015 revision paper
  • Step-by-step identification guides
  • Fully illustrated with diagrams and photographs
  • Distribution maps of all species
  • 36 A4 pages

Learn about the eleven species 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

Note: This booklet covers our 11 species of social stingless bees only (Tetragonula 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.

Price: $Aust 10.00 plus postage & handling.

To order a copy of Booklet 4, click here

But Wait There's More!

There are five more booklets in the Aussie Bee collection:
• Intoduction to Australian Native Bees
• Nests of Australian Stingless Bees
• Behaviour of Australian Stingless Bees
• Keeping Australian Stingless Bees in a Log or Box
• Boxing and Splitting Hives

Buy these booklets individually,
or buy the whole set of six booklets for $45 (save $9) plus postage and handling.

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Author: Anne Dollin
(See Anne Dollin's Google+ profile)

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