Which Native Bees Live in Your neighborhood
For this introductory guide we have chosen ten major groups of Australian Tiffany Co Melbourne
native bees. The states and territories of Australia in which these bees have been found are shown in the following Location Table. Click on the name of each bee in the table to see a brief account of its nest and behaviour.
(More in depth information about these fascinating species are available in Native Bees of the Sydney Region: A Field Guide and in Aussie Bee bulletin. And go to the Aussie Bee Photo Gallery for more photographs of our colourful native bees!)
Stingless bees are located in Sydney, on the eastern side of the Blue Mountains and in Timberland Shoes Stores Melbourne
coastal areas down to Bega. However, the climate in these areas is marginal for stingless bees, and boxed hives need to be carefully sited and managed. Harvesting honey from hives is not recommended in these Buy Canada Goose Jacket
areas. The bees won't fly below 18 degrees C plus they need the excess honey they collect during summer to outlive the long winter months.
Stingless bees are not found in other areas of NSW, in the process (Australian Capital Territory), in Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania. Hives wouldn't survive in these areas without Cheap Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts Uk
special artificial support.
In Western Australia, stingless bees are only found from the Hamersley Ranges northwards.
These 15 to 24 mm long bees would be the largest native bees in Australia. The females have a glossy black abdomen and bright yellow fur around Nike Shox Oz For Women
the thorax. Males are covered uniformly with yellowy brown or olive fur. They're called carpenter bees because they cut nest burrows in soft timber like the dead limbs of mango trees. These carpenter bees like a warm climate, and in NSW and WA they're restricted to the northern areas. Similar Lacoste Flag Polo Uk
species of carpenter bees in other countries are good pollinators of passionfruit. To learn more see Aussie Bee Issue 8.
These bees (mostly 813 mm long), with glittering stripes of blue or whitish hair Insanity Workout Australia Paypal
across their black abdomens, in many cases are seen darting around the flowers of lavenders and abelias. The females build nests in shallow burrows in the ground but they may also nest in mudbrick houses or perhaps in soft mortar. Each female builds her own nest Air Max 2013 Sale
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one place. Recent research has shown that blue banded bees might be valuable pollinators of greenhouse tomatoes. Blue banded bees are featured in Aussie Bee Issue 2.
Most types of these rotund furry brown bees are 7 to 15 mm long. They build shallow nest burrows in soft soil and often nest underneath houses. Each female builds her own nest burrow but many bees may nest together in the one location (see Aussie Bee Issue 7).
In Wa there is a very large related species (nearly 20 mm long) called the Dawson Burrowing Bee (Amegilla dawsoni). It nests in groups of up to 10,000 in arid clay pans and mud flats (see Aussie Bee Issue 11 and Issue 12).
Resin bees come in many colours and sizes. For example there are large black 14 mm bees with white tufts of hair, and small 8 mm black bees with bright orange abdomens. They nest in preexisting holes or gaps in timber or stonework. They're called resin bees because they collect resins and gums to construct partitions between their brood cells and also to seal their nest holes. Beekeepers sometimes notice resin bees hanging out stingless bee hives, trying to a little resin for his or her nests. Read more about resin bees in Aussie Bee Issue 5.