Stingless Bee Basics- Boxes
I thought I would put together some videos to help stingless bee keepers who are starting out answer questions they might have. Feel free to post questions below so I can get an idea what people want to know.
The first video is on a couple of box designs that will work for Native Australian stingless bees in Queensland and NSW.
While shape is not strictly important, bees do have certain volumes that they favour. When building or buying a box it’s important to take these into consideration.
Tetragonula Carbonaria like an internal box volume of 3-7 litres in the wild but can build a nest well over that amount if conditions are right.
Tetragonula Hockingsi like an internal box volume of similar proportions but can build a much larger nest. Reports from reputable sources have seen nests 65 litres or more. Hockingsi design their structure so that air can flow around the brood easier. Large struts of propolis are not uncommon to see. For this reason I consider a square hive to be a better option for them.
Austroplebeia australis like an internal box volume of 2-5 litres and take up less room in a box often leaving large areas free and building on the internal sides of the box.