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2020 was the 250th Anniversary of the first scientific study of our Australian Blue Banded Bees. To celebrate this major milestone, Aussie Bee prepared a free guide to these beautiful and valuable bees.

bluebanded bee

Above: a male Bluebanded Bee sleeping on a stem at night.

Read about their fascinating history, nests and behaviour. Find out about the Blue Banded Bee species currently recognised in Australia and where they are found. Discover why Blue Banded Bees are such important pollinators for Australian wildflowers and crops. And find out how to support these delightful bees in your garden.

Download your free copy of the Aussie Bee Guide to Blue Banded Bees!

Our popular Aussie Bee booklets are now available as downloadable eBooks in our Aussie Bee eBook Shop.

native bee eBooks

With our Aussie Bee eBooks, you can quickly download a wide range of low-cost and detailed information on Australian native bees, and all of the photographs are now in full colour.

Now available as eBooks:
-- Introduction to Australian Native Bees;
-- Nests of Australian Stingless Bees;
-- Behaviour of Australian Stingless Bees;
-- How to Recognise the Different Types of Australian Stingless Bees;
-- Keeping Australian Stingless Bees in a Log or Box;
-- Boxing and Splitting Hives; and
-- Native Bees of the Sydney Region, a Field Guide.

Sales of our native bee eBooks and donations from website visitors help support Aussie Bee's native bee conservation work. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Please visit our Aussie Bee eBook Shop.

We are converting Aussie Bee Website to a new design that will make it much easier to view on mobile phones and tablets. This is a huge job, as Aussie Bee Website has over 200 pages. However, many of our most popular pages have now been done and we will convert the remaining pages over the coming months.

We are also updating the native bee information throughout the website and adding substantial new content -- all free to view! Take a look at these Aussie Bee feature articles:

Native Bee ID Guide
Would you like to identify that bee you spotted in your garden? Take a look at our new Aussie Bee ID Guide and browse our Aussie Bee native bee photo galleries.

native bee size differences

Above: Australian native bees range from just 2 mm to 24 mm in length!

Hive Designs for Stingless Bees
Would you like to build a hive box for a colony of native stingless bees? Here is a diagram and some tips on the most commonly-used hive design in Australia.

A stingless bees hive

One of the Stingless Bee OATH boxes that are widely used in Australia.

Aussie Bee's Guide to Bee Hotels
Would you like to help support Australia's solitary native bee species in your garden? Build them a Bee Hotel! Here is Aussie Bee's detailed guide on construction, the residents you may see and how to control pests.

Bee Hotel design ideas

Make a Bee Hotel for your local native bees -- resin bees, leafcutters, masked bees and more!

Pollination with Native Bees
Native bees make a major contribution to the pollination of our wildflowers and our agricultural crops. Find out why they are so important and how you can support these vital pollinators.

pollination is vital for our wildflowers and many of our food crops

Pollination is vital for the survival of most of our Australian wildflowers and many of our food crop plants!

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Common questions on native bees

Frequently Asked Questions about Native Bees

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