• 16 Nov 2019 16:27 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Cross-Pollinator November issue includes feature article on a new method of propagating stingless bee colonies. Get the full program of the Australian Native Bee Conference. Get up to date with the news from the branches (we now have five with another one under construction). Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter,

  • 10 Nov 2019 09:05 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Get The full program of the 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference in PDF format HERE.

    Delegates will be informed by 59 speakers, from Australia and overseas, presenting their latest findings in native bee biology, systematics, management, disease, pollination and community engagement. St Leo’s College, University of Queensland from Thu 5th Dec to  Sat 7th Dec 2019.

  • 26 Oct 2019 16:21 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The popular native bee hive competition will be held again at the 2ANB Conference. This is a much-loved annual event at the Brisbane Native beekeepers club. At this event stingless bee keeping and designers of solitary bee hotels get a chance to sing the praises of their hive design. In addition to the hive itself, exhibitors show their accessories such as mounting, protecting, and how their hives allow for propagation and honey production.

    Beekeepers: bring along your amazing hive and test it with the best. Your work will be judged by peers and experts and, just perhaps, awarded fame and glory and a prize of $100 per category. The categories are:

    * People’s choice of most innovative or effective design. To be decided by attendees dropping the name and hive number into a hat, the votes will be counted by the judge.

    * Judges Choice, decided by the appointed judge.

    * Best Paint Job, decided by the judge.

    * Best Native Bee/ Insect Hotel, decided by the judge.

    * Best tool, device or accessory, decided the judge.

    The Rules are:

    • Hive can be of any material, shape or design, as long as the intention is to house native bees
    • Hives can be full or empty of actual bees, ideally you have one of each
    • Hives can be standard hives which are painted/ decorated
    • No limit to the number of individual entries

    See a video of the hive exhibition at the last conference. This was part of the field trip and so numbers were limited. This year’s will be part of the main event at St Leo’s College at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, and so better attended.

  • 25 Oct 2019 20:51 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Sydney Native Bee Community .:. 1st Gathering
    Nov 8th 7pm - 9:30pm .:. at Pocket City Farms in Camperdown

    Let's spread our social wings and join us in the celebratory formation & the official launch of our Sydney Native Bee Community // SNBC - Our regional branch of the Australian Native Bee Association // ANBA

    C'mon out on a Spring evening & welcome our special guests:
    .:. Tim Heard : Sugarbag Bees & ANBA
    .:. Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno : Sydney Uni : USyd BioSoc
    .:. Peter Clarke : Founder of Ku-ring-gai WildThings Program
    .:. Tobias Smith : Bee Aware Brisbane & University of Qld : UQ

    Swarming together at Pocket City Farms in Central Sydney to connect, share and learn in conversation :
    .:. Sydney local & regional : native honey tasting
    .:. observation hives & micro colonies
    .:. book sales, art & market stalls
    .:. habitat & hive displays
    .:. information, surprises & maybe more...
    We have limited brood space available so be sure to secure your spot • in the Sydney Spring Swarm •
    Entry by a small donation will help our community grow and provide a collective space to share knowledge & experience.
    P L E A S E get your T I C K E T here:

    If you would like to be more involved on the evening and possibly have a display, please contact us via email: or ph: 0404 604 569
    Registration for ANBA membership will also be available on the evening.

    Our event and formation is proudly supported by :
    .•. Pocket City Farms .•. Sydney Native Bees .•. Australian Native Bee Association .•.

    \\ Our Sydney Native Bee Community Values //
    .:. Biodiversity Conservation .:. Cultural Preservation .:. Collaborative Education .:.

  • 24 Oct 2019 12:53 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    October Cross-Pollinator is bumper issue packed with great content. Read a wonderful article on Dawson’s burrowing bee by Kit Prendergast. Get the latest news on the Second Australian Native Bee conference, including an announcement of the Hive exhibition. Read the news from the branches (we now have four with another two under construction). Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter. If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact

  • 13 Oct 2019 13:31 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Brisbane Branch of ANBA met at Dean Haley's home. About 40 attendees were treated to a wonderful expose of stingless bee hives, species, information and techniques. Branch member Steve Flavel posted his impressions and some images HERE

  • 20 Sep 2019 23:08 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    24 September 2019, 12–1pm

    Large seminar room Level 3, Queensland Bioscience Precinct building 80, UQ St Lucia campus.

    Dr Norhasnida Zawawi will talk about the unique physicochemical properties and safety issues related to stingless bee honey to express the need for a national and global standardisation. Nida is a food biochemist from Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia who is currently working with other experts in the Sub-committee for Developing Stingless Bee Honey Standard under Australian Native Bees Association (ANBA) and also in the Working Group for Stingless Bee Honey Standard under Standards Malaysia aiming towards a recognised food standard for stingless bee honey both nationally and internationally.

    This is an open seminar, there is no need to register your attendance. This seminar will be livestreamed, link below.

  • 13 Sep 2019 14:41 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Australia is not the only country working towards a stingless bee honey industry; Malaysia is also active in this area, although their challenges are different to ours. Malaysians are working to create a premium stingless bee honey and grow the industry. The challenges facing Malaysia are different to Australia. They have issues with colony propagation while Australians are successfully breeding many thousands of colonies annually. Both areas experience challenges with the high water content of honey but the problem is greater in humid Malaysia. On the other hand, honey production per hive seems to be higher in this warm and fertile SE Asian country compared to dry Australia.

  • 19 Aug 2019 21:28 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    This is the final of our introductory offer of three free newsletters. Download it HERE. To continue to receive our monthly newsletter, please join the association HERE

  • 12 Aug 2019 21:19 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    A common disease in honey bees could be transmitted to native bees through flowers. The disease is caused by Nosema ceranae a unicellular parasite. The researchers are following up to determine the impact of the disease on native bee populations. They will test the impacts the native bee hive structure made of propolis can have on protecting the species from the disease.

    On ABC News on 8 August 2019, by Eric Barker. Read more here:

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