• 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)

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  • 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:

  • 25 Jul 2019 22:53 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

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  • 22 Jul 2019 12:11 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Good story on stingless bees, covering both honey and pollination on a macadamia farm. 

    ABC Mid North Coast By Kerrin Thomas

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  • 23 Jun 2019 19:38 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

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  • 16 Jun 2019 11:36 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    For the first time a native bee honey category was included in the honey competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. congratulations to all entrants and winners. For an insight into how the honeys were judged, read Tobias Smith's account here,

  • 14 Jun 2019 07:56 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    On 14 May 2019, Australia Post released a stamp issue featuring Australian native bees by wildlife artist Kevin Stead. There are more than 1,500 native bee species in Australia, most of which are solitary and all of which are a vital part of our natural environment, particularly as pollinators of native flora. Many native bees are able to perform “buzz pollination”, whereby the pollen is literally shaken free and dispersed by the vibrations of the visiting bee. Regular honey bees cannot perform this kind of pollination. The stamp issue depicts representatives from the four main native bee families in Australia: Resin Bee (Megachile macleayi), Green and Gold Nomia Bee (Lipotriches australica), Wasp-mimic Bee (Hyleoides concinna) and Neon Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus nitidulus). 

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