Promoting the Value of Native Bees in Our Community
The following 4 photos are from the Solitary Bee Nest Building Workshop held on Saturday 15th September 2018
Clarence Native Stingless Bee Community Education Resource Guide is a publication sponsored by Clarence Landcare and produced with funding provided by the Australian Government National Landcare Programme, see our Resource Page for a copy of the publication.
Native Stingless Bees Expo February 2016 in Grafton NSW
The following block of photos are a montage of the workshops Clarence Native Bees held between March 2016 and February 2017 for the construction of native bee boxes. Thanks to Bunnings and all the people involved. You know who you are!
The boxes were made in anticipation of receipt of stingless bee nests needing to be rehoused during the clearing of habitat during the highway upgrade that was about to commence. Due to the efforts of all concerned, and some in particular, many stingless bee nests are now alive that otherwise would have been destroyed. Unfortunately many nests didn’t survive the trauma but protocols were established with the highway construction contractors that gave the Clarence Native Bees group a workable process to collect the hives that were found. We thank the dedicated highway upgrade staff involved in identifying the nests and organizing the nest removal from restricted work areas.
Kevin, Ann, Laura & Lauri bundling bee sets at Mens Shed
Bunnings Project – Per, Greg, Laura & David
Bunnings – getting rhythm before other disability group arrives
Final workbee on Bunnings boxes – Per, John G, Lauri & Bob K
Final Bunnings box building day – Ros organising the stores
Final workbee on Bunnings boxes – Ros & Jo G
Bunnings – Painting session group
Bunnings – Painting table. Ros & Laura
Final Bunnings box building day -Toni, disability services, CNBs & Mens Shed
Bunnings – Painting session, Ros
At John’s – Lauri, Ros, Per, John, Laura & Jo
CNB club box – Bunnings project
1.1.17 boxes finished by Greg for next step at Johns
Clarence Native Bees Landcare Group
Tetragonula carbonaria – coming and going from their hive
Inaugral meeting of Clarence Native Bees Landcare
Member, Neville Anderson’s personal Native Stingless Bee Hives (protected from weather)
Field day at Neville Anderson’s property (Member), Neville discussing aspects of keeping native stingless bees.
First meeting on forming a Landcare Group
Christmas Draw – Groups first Christmas raffle, fully stocked hive of native stingless bees (1st Prize – David Kelly) drawn by Mayor Richie Williamson at the Clarence Landcare Office
This log was rescued by Neville Anderson and is fully operational with tetragonula carbonaria
An Australian native stingless bee, Trigona carbonaria. These dark, compact bees are only around 4 mm in length.
Workers of the native stingless bee Trigona carbonaria guard the entrance to their hive.
The native stingless bee Trigona carbonaria can be domesticated in artificial hives such as this one. The entrance to the hive is the small round hole near the bottom of the box.