Dean is a friend of mind who is also very passionate about bees. This page is dedicated to Deans work with Australian native sting-less bees.
I would like to thank him for all the help and knowledge he has given me on my bee adventure.
Dean’s Native Bee Hives
Hello and welcome. I have a few years experience with T.carbonaria and more recently T.hockingsi. During this time I have made close observations of bee behaviour and have designed a new and unique hive that I am rather pleased with.
My DownUnder hive is designed to sit proudly on a families balcony, look great, and be completely accessible via a viewing window at the top of the box. These boxes are designed for maximum viewing and interaction with the bees. I think they are the best in the market in this respect.
I am currently transferring bees into these new boxes and will have thriving colonies of happy bees for sale starting in late November.
I commissioned Nick to build these boxes for me. I understand he is a third generation timber worker and it shows. The boxes are professionally constructed and sure to last for decades. They are marvelous.
. Western red cedar – superior insulating qualities and looks great.
. Removable lid and clear inspection panel – allows you to look at your bees as often as you want without spilling honey or squashing bees. See the queen lay an egg. Observe the true workings of the hive.
. Top entrance – Observe your bees greeting friends and defending against enemies. See what bees do with the pollen and nectar they bring home.
. Honey super on the bottom – Enjoy delicious sugarbag honey. Impress your friends. Simply wonderful with vanilla ice cream.
. Clear timber finish – Four coats of marine varnish offer superior UV and weather protection. (I had to do a clear finish with these boxes when I saw how superbly the timber was presenting itself.
Volume – 5.7L is a goldilocks volume for carbonaria. Not too big and not too small.
. 3.5cm walls – for insulation.
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Temperature control in carbonaria
Where can stingless bees live?
This map is a combination of Ann Dollins map plotting rainfall and bee distribution, as well as my research regarding temperatures, and explorer and early settlers stories.
It seems that blue and dark green rainfall regions suit Tetragonula, while dark to medium green regions suits Austroplebeia.
Working with this theory, Austroplebeia could potentially be used as a pollinator in the Murrambidgee Irrigation Area around Griffith where more than one quarter of Australias fruit and vegetables are grown.
If you are keen to trial stingless bees in the MIA or Mildura Irrigation areas please feel welcome to contact me.