Australia’s native honey bees are tiny (3 – 5 mm), black and stingless. Each hive will have a queen, males, and hundreds or even thousands of worker bees. They usually nest inside hollow trees but they also nest in urban situations such as inside wall cavities or any place that appeals to them.
The Stingless Bees are the only native bees currently available for sale in Australia. Beekeepers transfer the nests into small hive boxes and can propagate the nests by splitting. These hives can be used for honey production and crop pollination. Australia has over 1,700 species of native bees. Only 11 of these species are stingless. These are the native honey-producing bees.
How to Build a Native Bee Box
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