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  • 25 Feb 2021 17:46 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    "Scientific names are the ultimate names to use for precision when talking about species and are essential for science. But that does not mean that common names do not still have immense value. It would be great if everyone knew the scientific names of all sorts of bee groups and species, and that hearing them and saying them was commonplace. But it is unrealistic and unnecessary to expect everyone, especially non-specialists, to learn all scientific names and speak taxonomic language." Read more of Tobias Smith's thinking about common names for bees here. https://ecologyisnotadirtyword.com/2020/10/08/why-common-names-are-essential-for-bee-conservation/


  • 1 Feb 2021 12:28 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The decline in bees presents a threat to the global food supply, yet it's getting little attention in mainstream news, according to a study was based on a search of nearly 25 million news items from six prominent news sources. The study found "vanishingly low levels of attention to pollinator population topics" over several decades, even compared with what many would consider the limited coverage of climate change. 

    https://phys.org/news/2021-01-pollinators-news-coverage.html

  • 28 Jan 2021 21:07 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read a feature article by Olivia Bernauer on the pollination of apples, including the social life of one of the pollinators, reed bees, Exoneura. They are a unique group of bees for several reasons. Read more about them in this issue.

    Get up to date with news from the world of native bees. Find out the winners of two competitions: the Brisbane branch Hive exhibition and the Bee Garden challenge. Read the highlights of our Annual general meeting. Hear about what is happening in the branches, including a potential new branch in Coffs Harbour. Get the details on the next meetings 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.

  • 27 Jan 2021 13:38 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Sydney Royal Easter Show is again holding a native honey category as part of their national honey competition! Two classes, one for Tetragonula honey and another for Austroplebeia honey. Entries close 3 February 2021. Enter here, http://www.rasnsw.com.au/.../national-honey-competition/ 

  • 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.

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