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Number 36 / May 2019

Topics in this Issue:

1. GREAT NEW ARTICLES ON NEW-LOOK AUSSIE BEE WEBSITE

2. AUSTRALIA POST RELEASES NATIVE BEE STAMPS - NEXT TUESDAY

3. NATIVE BEES ON GARDENING AUSTRALIA - NEXT FRIDAY

4. STINGLESS BEE HONEY COMPETITION AT ROYAL EASTER SHOW

5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS


1. GREAT NEW ARTICLES ON NEW-LOOK AUSSIE BEE WEBSITE

Aussie Bee Website is getting a complete make-over! We are updating the content, adding articles and photos, and converting to a new layout that is easier to view on mobile phones and tablets -- and already 120 pages have been uploaded.

Here's some of the great free content just added to the new-look Aussie Bee website:

-- Detailed tips on identifying Australian native bees:
https://www.aussiebee.com.au/native-bee-identification.html

-- A five part guide to making Bee Hotels:
https://www.aussiebee.com.au/bee-hotel-aussie-bee-guide.html

-- Tips on the popular OATH hive for stingless bees:
https://www.aussiebee.com.au/hive-designs-stingless-bees.html

-- Advice on making a Bee-Friendly Garden:
https://www.aussiebee.com.au/bee-friendly-garden.html

-- Pollination with Australian native bees:
https://www.aussiebee.com.au/pollination.html

To explore the full range of free articles, photos and videos now found on Aussie Bee Website, follow the links on our homepage: https://www.aussiebee.com.au

We first launched Aussie Bee Website in 1997, 22 years ago. It is now a major website of over 200 pages that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. We hope that, with its new make-over, Aussie Bee will continue to spread the word about our vital native bees for many years to come.

2. AUSTRALIA POST RELEASES NATIVE BEE STAMPS - NEXT TUESDAY

A spectacular set of stamps featuring four Australian native bee species will be released by Australia Post next Tuesday, 14 May 2019. The stamps showcase exquisite close-up paintings of the Neon Cuckoo Bee, Green and Gold Nomia Bee, Wasp Mimic Bee and Resin Bee.

It is exciting to see such beautiful images of our native bees presented to the Australian public in this way. As the Australia Post Stamp Bulletin says, 'Native bees are important pollinators of native flora and a vital part of the country's biodiversity.'

In addition to the normal booklets containing sets of 10 stamps, colourful collectable items will be released next week, including a First Day Cover, Maxicards and Medallion Covers.
Visit: https://shop.auspost.com.au/collectables/stamp-issues/native-bees

You can preview these beautiful new native bee stamp designs and read background notes on the four bee species on pages 6 to 8 of the Stamp Bulletin pdf:
https://australiapostcollectables.com.au/articles/stamp-bulletin-359

3. NATIVE BEES ON GARDENING AUSTRALIA - NEXT FRIDAY

Australian native bees will be featured in a Gardening Australia segment on ABC TV next Friday 17 May 2019. Western Australian researcher, Kit Prendergast discussed native bees and Bee Hotels with presenter, Josh Byrne, at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, WA.

The segment will be aired at 7.30pm on Friday 17 May, then repeated at 1.30pm on Sunday 19 May. You will also be able to watch the program on ABC iView after the first broadcast: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/gardening-australia

4. STINGLESS BEE HONEY COMPETITION AT ROYAL EASTER SHOW

Tetragonula and Austroplebeia stingless bee honey was included in the Sydney Royal Easter Show honey competition for the very first time this year! Judge, Dr Tobias Smith, said the eighteen stingless bee honey entries attracted a huge amount of interest.

Tobias said he found flavour, aroma and clarity were the most useful characteristics in the judging. There were some sensational honeys, he said. One had a flavour like a 'cross between watermelon and rockmelon', another a 'super smooth toffee molasses', and yet another like 'grape-flavoured bubble gum'!

Stingless bee colonies only produce an average of 600ml of honey per year, but this honey can be worth up to $200 per kilogram! The Royal Easter Show competition is a fantastic way to showcase the unique qualities of our Australian stingless bee honeys.

To read Tobias' detailed report on the competition and his tips for competitors in future years, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/BeeAwareBrisbane/photos/a.10....

5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS

Like to see some Australian native bees? See what's on in your area:

QUEENSLAND

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.

Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast, Queensland
Sunday 12 May 2019, 9am – 12pm
Presenter Dr Tobias Smith.
Learn about the stunning diversity of Australia’s native bees and their role in the environment. Learn how to keep stingless bees in a hive, propagate them and extract honey.
Ages 15 and over. Bookings required.
Book here:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/naturallygc-native-stingless-bees-tickets-46096792748

Ashgrove, Queensland
Friday 17 May 2019, 9am to 3pm
Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove
During this full day workshop, Dr Tobias Smith will teach you the basics of how to become a stingless beekeeper.
Free but bookings required.
Phone Ashgrove Library on 07 3407 1940 to reserve your place.

Eatons Hill, Queensland
Saturday 7 September 2019, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Yuraba Conference Centre, 240 Church Road, Eatons Hill
Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s stingless bees workshop.
Cost - $40/person and includes morning tea, lunch and honey tasting in the afternoon
Book your place by contacting Kim on kimp@kumbartcho.org.au or phone 07 3325 3492

Postmans Ridge, Queensland
Sunday 8 September 2019, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
88 Richards Road, Postmans Ridge
Hosted by Debbie Bassingthwaighte, Optimise Learning.
In this 3-hour practical workshop, entomologist Dr Tim Heard will teach the basics of how to become a native bee keeper.
$30 per person, including light afternoon tea [or opt for the Workshop + Book package to get a discount copy of Tim's book].
Places are limited and bookings are essential.
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/native-bee-keeping-workshop-with-dr-tim-heard-tickets-60702007338


NEW SOUTH WALES

WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH

Heathcote, New South Wales
Tuesday 12 November 2019, 10am to 1pm
Sydney Wildflower Nursery, 9 Veno Street, Heathcote.
Tim Heard explains everything about the lifecycle of stingless bees and how to care for a hive. Watch while a hive is split and try the delicious honey.
Cost: $50
Book at: https://www.trybooking.com/499196


COURSES AT ACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BY FRANK ADCOCK

Benefits of Keeping Native Bees
Lismore ACE Community College, New South Wales
14 September 2019, 9.30-3.30pm, OR
16 November 2019, 9.30-3.30pm.
Cost: $80
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.


Bye for now.

Anne Dollin
Aussie Bee


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