Native Stingless Bees for Kiama Community Gardens

elke native bees sydney into Kiama

Thank you to the lovely Kiama Community Garden group for your hospitality last Saturday when we installed Joe’s hive of Tetragonula carbonaria.

The sheltered position of the hive, next to Macadamia, Lime and Lemon trees will make these stingless bees very happy in their new location.


As part of the presentation on Pollinators in your garden, there were a few questions about attracting pollinators and what not to spray.  Products containing neonicotinoids (Neonics) are said to be a major culprit in the decline of bees worldwide. In 2013, the European Union and USA banned the use of some neonics.
Neonicitonoids contain either:

  • Acetamiprid
  • Clothianidin
  • Imidacloprid
  • Thiamethoxam

A partial list of products containing Neonicotinoids includes:

  • Defender Residual Insecticide
  • Intruder Insecticide
  • Amgrow Conquer Lawn and Garden Insecticide
  • Amgrow Rose Spray Advanced Apparent Imidacloprid
  • Brunnings Lawn Grub and Beetle Kill
  • Confior Insecticides – whole range of sprays, granules etc
  • Conquest Seed Treatment Insecticide
  • Foliarflo Plus Seed Treatment
  • Gaucho Flowable Seed Treatment
  • Sharp Shooter Complete Bug and Insect Spray
  • Advantage for Cats, Dogs, Kittens, Puppies, and Sheep
  • Yates Rose Gun Advanced
  • Yates complete Lawn and Garden Insecticide
  • Yates Confidor Lawn and Garden Insecticide
  • Talon Ant Gel
  • Rentokil Advanced Cockroach Bait

(this information is gleaned from,

On a lighter note:
It was wonderful to see the many sub-tropical plants thriving in the unique Kiama microclimate. Thank you all for sharing your bountiful garden and permaculture spirit with me. I look forward to returning again in September.

Warm regards, Elke.   0410 456 404[UNIQID]