Australian Native Bees
“There are two genera of Stingless Bees, Tetragonula (previously Trigona) and Austroplebeia.
The recent change of name from Trigona to Tetragonula resulted from recent DNA studies which showed that the Australian bee is sufficiently different from the others of the Trigona genus, of which there are some 100 species in the Americas, to deserve a separate name. There are six recognised species of Tetragonula (carbonaria, hockingsi, davenporti, mellipes, sapiens, and clypearis) and about five species of Austroplebeia (australis, essingtoni, cincta, percinta and symei) with possibly more under scrutiny.
Tetragonula (Trigona) carbonaria
This little black bee with an endearing white face is the best known and recognisable of Australian native bees. The most common social bee, it has colonies of some 10,000 bees with a single queen who produces about 400 worker bees per day. They are good pollinators but fly only 500 metres from the nest. ”
The club presently has one native bee hive. However, interest is increasing and with a bit of luck, the club will include those who have an interest in native bees. In the meantime, as there is a mountain of information on the web about native bees and associated organisations, we will include on this site links to various native bee sites we discover (and a few photos).
Native Bee Links to other sites:
Native Bees of the Hunter Region (poster for sale) : this site
Australian native bee network (Facebook) : ANBN
Australian Native Bees (Flickr group) : native bees
Australian Native Bees (Sugarbag) : sugarbag website
A good collection of Australian Native Bee images : Australian native bee network
Australian Native Bee Research Centre : Aussie Bee
Australian Stingless Bees : Aussie Bee
A quote from another site: Bees Business
“I have incorporated information into different pages of the Bees Business website. This includes information on specific bee species or genera. I have a page that gives detailed information on how to create habitat to attract naturally occurring native bees in your area. This page explains the step by step processes of creating nesting sites for resin bees, reed bees and masked bees”