Native Bee Resins

Native Bee Resins     Other Native bee Resins (Substitutes) A conversation with John Klumpp reminded me of all the odd things I have heard native bees collect. Here is a small list of odd things: Types of bitumen based products used in waterproofing and automotive Different types of grease Paints Blue-tac Silicone-based products Resins…

Tetragonula Sapiens

Tetragonula Sapiens   Tetragonula Sapiens are a tropical bee that can be found in northern Queensland from Bowen to the tip of Australia. They can be viewed in some ways as a larger version of Tetragonula Clypearis. They are relatively fast builders. Tetragonula Sapiens make their nest in areas that are dark or very shaded.…

Austroplebeia Cincta

Austroplebeia Cincta   Austroplebeia Cincta are considered one of Australia’s less common species of social stingless bee. Its bright yellow lines paint the bee’s dark polished body like a fancy sports car. I really like the way this bee looks.   The first notable appearance of this bee since the 60’s was a photo taken…

Tetragonula Clypearis

Tetragonula Clypearis Tetragonula Clypearis are one of Australia’s smallest bees. I fell in love with this little bee at first sight. They are found all over cairns and the surrounding areas. They prefer to build in a house rather than a tree when given the option. Out of the 30 or so nests I saw…

Tetragonula Carbonaria

Tetragonula Carbonaria     Tetragonula Carbonaria are a small hardworking bee that is found along the east coast of Australia predominantly between Sydney and Rockhamton. Some colonies are reported as far south as Bega and as far north of Cooktown. They are slightly smaller than that of Tetragonula hockingsi and are a little more docile.…

Tetragonula hockingsi

Tetragonula Hockingsi   Guest post by Dean Haley   Tetragonula Hockingsi is a tropical to sub tropical bee found in coastal areas of Queensland and also the Nothern Territory. They have a population 20 to 50% larger than typical Tetragonula carbonaria. They are living large in sunny QLD. The major characteristics of hockingsi are the…