Elke breeds and supplies native stingless bees in Sydney as one of the ways she is able to contribute to Australia’s natural food and bio security.
Native bees are also fascinating to observe and a very rewarding addition to your garden, aged care home, school or community garden.
Note: We are now booked up for Spring 2018 and we will open up the booking form again in March for deliveries in Spring 2019).
We have a limited number of hand made hives of Native stingless bees for purchase for locating in coastal parts of Sydney.
The native bees are called Tetragonula carbonaria and are endemic to the Sydney Basin (and are also found in coastal areas of NSW and Qld). Elke’s native bees are acclimatised to the Sydney coastal climatic seasons as the bees are bred here in Sydney.
Stingless bees are not suited to the western or elevated areas of the Sydney Basin due to temperature extremes being too great for Tetragonula to survive. Even in more coastal locations in Sydney, the siting of the hive is very important to ensure good temperature regulation.
(Tetragonula carbonaria) native stingless bees are endemic to the Sydney Basin (as well as to coastal parts of Qld and NSW). The native hives can be put in your garden, community space, school, child care centre, nursing home or other landscape space (including balconies or verandahs).
Click here for a list of our native bee workshops. These are all in Sydney.
Plants which native bees pollinate include macadamias, strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, mango, watermelon, daisies, and many of the flowering Australian native plants like Westringia, Scaevola, Eucalyptus, Leptospermum, Melaleuca, Angophora and many others native and exotic flowering plants.
Native stingless bees also pollinate edible fruits, herbs and vegetables such including: salvia, parsley, sage, coriander, nasturtium, rocket flowers, tarragon, grape, brassica family plants like kale, basil, palm flowers, banana flowers, water lilies, passion fruit, Camellia sasanqua, nandina, crepe myrtle, crocus and many more.
Australian native flowering trees and plants have developed their flower shape to attract native bees and pollinators. Native bees and the resins they produce are likely to provide as yet untapped medical and health benefits.
The hives are delivered in spring time (September through to the end of November) and Elke takes limited bookings during the year for the upcoming spring. We are now booked for the 2018 season. email@example.com
Tetragonula carbonaria (native stingless bees) are only about 4 mm long and are mostly black with iridescent wings. The tetragonula carbonaria are the only naturally occurring social Australian native stingless bee species found in the Sydney basin.
Climate regulation and the initial location of your beehive is important in Sydney. The location is to be fixed (not moved once established) as the bees have a very accurate geo-locating sense. The bees need to receive a minimum of 3 hours of direct morning sun all year around. The hive needs afternoon summer shade and direct winter sun in the morning in order to keep a regulated internal temperature (and not melt down). Install the hive off the ground for air flow and to reduce moisture and ants.
Click here for more information on what is involved in keeping native bees . They are mostly low maintenance once established. Keep cobwebs away from the hive entry as well as regulate the hive from extreme temperatures and keep the hive dry where possible. Note: the location you put your bees in is a fixed location (if you move the hive, the bees wont be able find their home).
The hives are delivered in the spring time due to the breeding cycles and climate of Sydney. Our hives have become a unique gift for garden and nature enthusiasts.
Watching your native bees come and go from your hive is wonderfully therapeutic and fascinating.
Owning native bees is also an important contribution you can make to ecosystem security. Contact Elke if you would like further information or would like to order and buy your native hive.
Mobile: 0410 456 404.
To find out more about native bees, visit Dr Anne Dollin’s ‘Aussie Bee and Australian Native Bee Research‘ website with a wealth of knowledge on the fascinating world of native bees. www.aussiebee.com.au
We are currently conducting research and scientific analysis of native stingless bee pollen, honey, propolis, resins and floral resource data to find out more about Australia’s unique native social stingless bees. Native bees and the resins they produce are likely to provide as yet untapped medical and health benefits. We hope to be able to report back to you once this research is completed with useful information about your native bees.
The photo above shows the inside nest of the native bees, Tetragonula carbonaria. The brood (eggs) are on the left and the honey stores (sugarbag honey) is stored in pots (right of photo). Pollen stores are also seen on the right. For a sense of scale, the Tetragonula bees are about 3 to 4mm long.
I look forward to hearing from you with any questions you have. From Elke Haege – Native Stingless Bees Sydney.