The Australian native bee book: keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey.

The Australian native bee book: keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey. Tim Heard.
The Australian native bee book: keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey.

West End: Sugarbag Bees, 2016. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs, text illustrations, maps.

This complete guide to native stingless bees is written by Australia’s foremost expert. Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. This comprehensive guide covers bee biology, behaviour, nesting, social life and foraging; how to build a native bee hive; how to transfer a bee colony to a hive box and propagate hives; all about sugarbag honey, including how to extract it from hives, hive management; identifying and dealing with pests; using stingless bees for pollination. It also includes a complete list of Australia’s stingless bee species; how to identify them, their characteristics, where they occur, and recommended hives. This publication was also awarded a Certificate of Commendation in the Practical Zoology category of the Whitley Awards 2016.

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