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  • 6 May 2021 11:29 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Australian Native Bee Association is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing the Federal Government's Bushfire Recovery Grant! The project, titled 'Bee hotels to boost bees after bushfires' will be the first in the world to use bee hotels to augment bees in areas where fires have destroyed their nesting habitat. The project, devised by Kit Prendergast, involves both intensive on the ground surveys as well as an Australia-wide citizen science effort equipping people across the country in fire-impacted areas with the knowledge and skills for boosting bee populations with supplementary habitat in the form of bee hotels. Kit as well as Rachele Wilson will be providing presentations and assistance to community members on the community bee hotel monitoring. Over the next few months Kit will be providing information, educational resources and workshops – if you live in an area where fires occurred, are a member of Landcare, environmental or Men's Sheds groups near fire affected areas, please get in touch by emailing kitprendergast21@gmail.com.

  • 22 Apr 2021 17:55 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2021 National Honey Show WINNERS in the native honey section! View them here: https://bit.ly/31SvX3I

    Keep an eye out for Dan’s review of the day and the Royal Sydney judging experience, soon to come.

    Next year in 2022 it will be the Sydney Royal Bicentenary, with the possibility of new Native Bee categories to enter into and surely an even broader range of amazing native honey to celebrate.

  • 30 Mar 2021 21:42 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read a feature articles on bee hotels. Get a sneak peak of the early results of the stingless beekeeping survey, more than 1,000 meliponists responded! Read an entertaining review of a great book on bee identification. Be the first to know about a new book on stingless bees just out. Read a digest of a scientific research paper on ground nesting bees in urban areas of Perth. Hear about what is happening in the branches. Get the details on the next meetings and workshops of the Australian Native Bee Association. Get the access details if you wish to watch the monthly meeting online on the latest research on healthy sugar in stingless bee honey. 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.

  • 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)

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