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Number 40 / April 2021

Topics in this Issue:

1. A NEW GUIDEBOOK ON AUSTRALIAN BEES AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS

2. WILD POLLINATOR COUNT STARTS ON SUNDAY

3. HOW TO RESCUE AND BOX A NEST OF STINGLESS BEES

4. REMARKABLE DISCOVERIES FROM THE WORLD OF NATIVE BEES

5. SEEKING A COPY OF ‘A CLUSTER OF BEES'

6. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS


1. A NEW GUIDEBOOK ON AUSTRALIAN BEES AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS

Megan Halcroft of Bees Business has just launched a pocket-sized guide to commonly-seen native bees found throughout Australia. It also covers other beneficial insects you will find in your garden: flies, beetles, wasps and more.

Only slightly larger than an iPhone 11, ‘Bees & other beneficial insects: a pocket-book guide’ brings you 125 pages of detailed information, colour photographs and identification tips on these important insects.

You can explore a wealth of detailed native bee resources online — for some great places to start, see Item 3.

These beautiful native bees are vital pollinators for our bushland and crops; and the beneficial insects provide valuable garden services, including insect pest control, soil improvement and water filtration. This handy guide will reveal a whole new world of insect life in your garden!

Price: $15 plus postage. For more information or to order your copy, visit: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/...

2. WILD POLLINATOR COUNT STARTS ON SUNDAY

Need another reason to get out in your garden next week? The Autumn 2021 Wild Pollinator Count runs from this Sunday 11 April through to Sunday 18 April. Spend just 10 minutes watching insect visitors on a flowering plant in your garden or local park, and you can contribute to pollinator conservation research in Australia.

It is easy to do and you need no special knowledge or equipment. It is a great project for families, schools and community groups.

For tips and full details on how to take part, and to send in your observations online, visit: https://wildpollinatorcount.com

3. HOW TO RESCUE AND BOX A NEST OF STINGLESS BEES

Sometimes native stingless bees build their nests in very inconvenient places! For instance, it is not uncommon to find a nest inside an underground water meter box. It takes a bit of know-how to re-home a nest from places such as this.

Sugarbag Bees has created a great short video showing how to transfer a nest from a water meter box into a hive box. Learn how to safely transfer the useable nest materials into the box, how to encourage the bees to move into the box and how to protect the new hive from predators.

To watch this Sugarbag Bees video guide, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwZl0EHKB-M

On Aussie Bee Website, you can also buy an eBook with detailed step-by-step tips on boxing and splitting hives: www.aussiebee.com.au/ebook9.html

4. REMARKABLE DISCOVERIES FROM THE WORLD OF NATIVE BEES

With interest in native bees soaring world-wide, amazing finds continue to be made. Here are just a couple of examples:

— James Dorey of Flinders University, SA, rediscovered a native bee species that had been missing for almost a century! Rainforest clearing and wildfires pose real threats to the survival of this rare species. James said that more conservation efforts are needed to protect and understand our wonderful Australian species. Read more: https://www.ecowatch.com/rare-australian-bee

— Fossil remains of native bee nests that were built 100 million years ago have been found in Argentina. The grape-like nest cells and narrow tunnels are the oldest fossil evidence of bees found so far! The nests were similar to those of modern Halictidae bees. Read more: https://natureecoevocommunity.nature.com/...

5. SEEKING A COPY OF ‘A CLUSTER OF BEES’

I have received a request from a lady who wishes to buy a copy of 'A Cluster of Bees’ by Tarlton Rayment. If you can assist her, could you please send me an email and I will pass on her contact details. Thank you! annedollin@aussiebee.com

6. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS

QUEENSLAND

NaturallyGC- Australian native bees: diversity, conservation and keeping.
A series of workshops by Dr Toby Smith, Bee Aware Brisbane.
The stunning diversity of Australia’s native bees and their role in the environment; and how to keep stingless bees in a hive, propagate them and extract honey.
NOT suitable for young children. Suitable for ages 15 and over only.
Please click on the links to register:
-- Helensvale, Queensland. Sunday 9 May 2021, 12.30 - 3.30pm. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/...
-- Currumbin, Queensland. Saturday 12 June 2021, 10.30am - 1.30pm. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/...

NaturallyGC- Busy Bees (kids).
A series of workshops by Dr Toby Smith, Bee Aware Brisbane.
Introducing the amazing world of Australian native bees: diversity, bee lifecycles, nests, and their important role in pollination. See live stingless bees in hives with viewing windows.
Suitable for ages 5 and above. Parents must stay to supervise children during workshop. Please register for both children and adults. Unfortunately, cannot accept large group bookings or vacation care groups.
Please click on the links to register:
-- Helensvale, Queensland. Sunday 9 May 2021, 10.30 - 11.30am. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/...
-- Upper Coomera, Queensland. Saturday 26 June 2021, 11.30am - 12.30pm. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/...


NEW SOUTH WALES

Shellharbour City Centre, New South Wales
Wednesday 21 April, 10 - 11.30am
Shellharbour Civic Centre, 76 Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour City Centre.
Find out about the amazing diversity of wild native bees in your backyard and local environment, such as Teddy Bear bees, Blue Banded bees, Masked bees and Cuckoo bees. Hear from our Environment Team about the important role native bees play in pollinating plants, and how you can attract wild native bees to your garden.
Free but bookings essential: 20 places only.
Register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/...


Bye for now.

Anne Dollin
Aussie Bee


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