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Number 35 / July 2018
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The first Australian Native Bee Conference has just been held at the Gold Coast, Queensland. Around 200 native bee enthusiasts gathered to hear presentations on the identification, ecology and evolution of Australian native bees, pollination issues, and how to manage native bees and control their diseases.
For instance, Katja Hogendoorn explained the kinds of plants loved by different groups of native bees; Dean Haley spoke about ways to keep pest flies away from stingless bee hives; and Helen Wallace looked at whether Torelliana resin was really a friend or foe of stingless bees.
To see an article and photos on this successful conference, visit: http://nativebeehives.com/australian-native-bee-conference-2018/ Megan Halcroft also posted an interesting series of photos and videos from the conference audience on her BeesBusiness Facebook Page on 1 July 2018.
"A Guide to Native Bees of Australia" by Terry Houston will be the first Australian native bee field guide to cover the entire continent. It provides a detailed introduction to our 2000 species, with identification keys for all five families and 58 genera of Australian bees. This 280 page book is extensively illustrated with photographs of live bees, as well as high magnification images showing key diagnostic features. This eagerly-awaited field guide will be out in August 2018.
To pre-order your copy, visit: https://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7388 It is also available from other booksellers.
"Bees of Australia" by James Dorey is another exciting new book on our Australian native bees -- due out in October 2018. Lavishly illustrated with James' stunning macro photos of bees, this book introduces a wide diversity of native bee species from right across the continent. Supporting articles by bee specialists cover the importance of native bees and pollination, and how to find, support and protect native bees.
This 224 page book can be pre-ordered from the publisher: https://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7786 It is also available from other booksellers.
Australian Masked Bees, Hylaeus, produce a water-repellent cellophane-like material that they use to line their solitary nests. Now a New Zealand biotech start-up company called Humble Bee is trying to reverse engineer this material, in a bid to manufacture a biodegradable alternative to plastic!
Ms Harwood-Stevenson of Humble Bee visited Queensland and secured some Hylaeus bee samples, with the help of Chris Fuller of Kin Kin Native Bees. She found that the 'cellophane' of these bees ¬†not only repelled water, but also resisted naked flames, high temperatures, and strong acids and alkalis!
If the genes that the bees use to produce this material can be identified, designer microbes could synthesise it -- similar to the way that insulin is produced. Ms Harwood-Stevenson hopes that this bioplastic could help eradicate toxic chemicals being used in the environment. The product could be used for non-toxic textiles, healthcare materials and much more.
For more details, visit: https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-humble-australian-bee-is-helping-to-disrupt-the-plastics-industry-20180530-p4zic7.html
Like to see some Australian native bees? See what's on in your area:
WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH https://sugarbag.net/events Generally the workshops are a mix of a photographic slideshow showing the biology of the bees with a practical session on keeping them. Tim demonstrates how to split hives and extract honey, and use the bees for pollinating your garden. Attendance price varies. Contact the organisers directly for details and to register.
Logan City, Queensland
Saturday, 4 August 2018, 9am - 12 midday.
Brigalow Hall, Eagleby Wetlands, Logan St, Eagleby
Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith
Bookings: Health, Environment & Waste Branch Logan City Council
Phone: 07 3412 4491
NEW SOUTH WALES
WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH
Willoughby Council, New South Wales
Saturday 3 November 2018
Native Bee Keeping -- 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Native Hive Splitting Workshop -- 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Bayside Council, New South Wales
4 November 2018
More details available soon at: https://sugarbag.net/events
Heathcote, New South Wales
6 November 2018, 1pm to 4pm
Sydney Wildflower Nursery
9 Veno Street, Heathcote
Toby Smith and Tim Heard, author of 'The Native Australian Bee Book' join us for a three hour workshop on everything native bees. Learn about their lifecycle, how to care for a hive and watch while a hive is split and try the delicious honey.
SEMINARS ON NATIVE BEES BY MEGAN HALCROFT
AT MT TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS
Learn how to prepare for spring activity by making a bee hotel or preparing plants for newly emerging bees.
Waratah Education Centre, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah.
The Buzz on Native Bees -- Spring
Saturday 17 November 2018, 10.30 am to 1.30 pm
Cost: $22.50 -- $25
COURSES AT ACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BY FRANK ADCOCK
Benefits of Keeping Native Bees
Lismore ACE Community College
17 November 2018, 9.30-3.30pm
More details: https://www.acecolleges.edu.au/course-category/leisure-and-lifestyle/relaxation/benefits-of-keeping-native-bees-field-trip/
Check the Aussie Bee website for updates: https://www.aussiebee.com.au/seminars.html
Also please let us know if you would like your native bee event listed on Aussie Bee website.
Best wishes for the holiday season!
Bye for now.
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