News

  • 18 Jan 2021 19:12 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Australia has been invaded by the European wool carder bee. Anthidium manicatum. It is about the size of a honeybee but is a solitary species. It is a member of the family Megachilidae which includes the leaf cutter bees and the resin bees. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa but has spread to many other parts of the world including the Americas and New Zealand. Although it is so far confined to Victoria, given its record of spreading it is likely to turn up in new areas. Like its relative, the African carder bee, it prefers urban areas. Unlike our native leaf cutter bees, it scrapes plant fibres to line its nest which it builds in plant cavities. It collects those fibres from just one plant family, the Lamiaceae. So its distribution may be limited by the presence of these introduced European plant species. Read more at this website and download the pdf for a full review of this species by Ken Walker and his colleagues. https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/.../european-wool-carder-bee 

  • 2 Dec 2020 14:42 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read a feature article by Zac Petersen on “The cincta experience – 1 year later”. Get up to date with news from the world of native bees. Hear about what is happening in the branches, including the recent annual general meetings and new teams. Get the details on the next online meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association. Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us. If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact comoff@australiannativebee.org.au, or get it by logging into the website: https://australiannativebee.org.au/ANBA-Newsletter-The-CROSS-POLLINATOR.


  • 26 Nov 2020 13:55 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our Mexican amigo Francisco, for his brilliant publication on the queens of the Australian stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria. His image made the front cover. https://jeb.biologists.org/content/223/18/jeb230599)

  • 20 Nov 2020 21:46 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Noosa Shire Council has backflipped on banning new beehives, including stingless bees, in the suburbs in response to an outpouring of opposition from beekeepers and the public.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-11-12/bees-beekeeping-ban-noosa-council-backflip/12878096

  • 28 Oct 2020 11:59 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read a feature article by Claire Allison on “Managing stingless bee hives in orchards: How and when to deploy stingless bees in your macadamia crop”. Get up to date with news from the world of native bees. Hear about what is happening in the branches. Get the details on the next online meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association. Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us. If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact comoff@australiannativebee.org.au, or get it by logging into the website: https://australiannativebee.org.au/ANBA-Newsletter-The-CROSS-POLLINATOR.

  • 21 Oct 2020 21:04 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The October monthly online event of the Australian Native Bee Association came from a Brisbane backyard. Greg and Jennifer Shea shared their 3-year journey with stingless bees.

    After a career of 47 years in the telecommunications industry as a Technical Officer, Trainer and Contractor, Greg retired in 2014. His wife Jennifer retired from teaching a few year later and began to expand her interest in gardening. Both developed an interest in stingless bees, initially to assist with pollination, and later as an absorbing hobby and a way to encourage other people to take an interest in them too.

    The event is posted on our Facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Australian.Native.Bee.Association/videos/774004456786740. Or to watch it on YouTube, go here: https://youtu.be/o7ELFsLZwK8.

  • 19 Sep 2020 22:00 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read an excellent story by Amanda Hoh from ABC Radio Sydney “Bee taxonomy in Australia 'in crisis'”. Taxonomy is the discipline of identifying and naming newly discovered animals or plants. At the current rate of discovery — about 20 new bee species are given names each year — it could take at least a century to find and name the remainder. But there are only four bee taxonomists in Australia. "Those bee taxonomists that we have are elderly and have a vast depository of knowledge. We really need to use them as mentors for a new generation".  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-10/bee-taxonomy-in-australia-a-dying-art/12647676


  • 12 Sep 2020 17:37 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The September monthly online event of the Australian Native Bee Association came from a macadamia nut farm in full flower. Tim Heard showed us around a picturesque farm on the Sunshine Coast. He described the intricacies of pollination, how flower biology and bee behaviour interact to produce a crop. We discovered a way to manage bees, remnant vegetation and weed on the farm for the mutual benefit of bees and food production. The event has been viewed over 2,000 times. If you missed it, or would like to see it again, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Australian.Native.Bee.Association/videos/632121297674863


  • 31 Aug 2020 13:54 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read two feature articles by Megan Halcroft and Mark Hall on native bees for pollination of crops. Get up to date with news from the world of native bees. Hear about what is happening in the branches. Get the details on the next online meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association. Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us. If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact comoff@australiannativebee.org.au, or get it by logging into the website: https://australiannativebee.org.au/ANBA-Newsletter-The-CROSS-POLLINATOR.

  • 23 Aug 2020 13:06 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The oldest known bee fossil has been discovered. It is a 3D fossil in amber and yields rich information. It is covered in pollen proving it to be already a true bee, separated from its predacious ancestor wasp. The plumose hairs, an adaptation for collecting pollen are visible. The bee suffered a heavy parasite load, 21 beetle larvae that will attack the pollen stores back at the bee nest.

    https://phys.org/news/2020-02-fossilized-insect-million-years-oldest.html

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