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NEW EDITIONS OF ALL SIX BOOKLETS ARE NOW OUT

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 1700 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 1,700 solitary bee species see Booklet 1 and our Native Bee Field Guide.

THIS GREATLY EXPANDED THIRD EDITION OF BOOKLET 4 WAS RELEASED IN LATE 2016

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 original 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 story 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 no longer stocks the following four booklets as they have been superseded by more recent publications. However, they 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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