The Australian Native Bee Book

Friday 6 May 2016
5.00pm - 6.00pm

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Macleay Museum


Dr Tim Heard – a passionate promoter of Australia’s native stingless bees

Join us at the Macleay Museum  for Tim Heard’s talk about The Australian Native Bee Book.

Author, research scientist and entomologist, Dr Tim Heard, is a passionate promoter of Australia’s native stingless bees. Now retired from CSIRO, he has devoted his time to promoting sustainable propagation of new hives and honey extraction.

Dr Tim Heard is an entomologist, ex-CSIRO research scientist, and long-term keeper and promoter of Australia’s native stingless bees and native bees in general. He has published more than 120 research papers and popular articles, including 50 on bees and pollination. He obtained his first stingless bee hive in 1985, and now keeps more than 300 hives of three species around south-east Queensland. He has personally propagated more than 2,000 new colonies. Tim has developed new hive designs for stingless bees that allow easy and sustainable propagation of new hives and extraction of honey. He has presented workshops and seminars for more than 20 years on bees in general, and on keeping stingless bees in particular. Tim currently runs Sugarbag Bees, which produces stingless bee hives, offers beekeeping services, and conducts workshops, seminars and research on Australia’s native stingless bees. This is his first book. For more information about native bees and Tim Heard visit www.sugarbag.net

The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey, by Tim Heard, Published by Sugarbag Bees 2016 is a complete and richly illustrated guide to keeping stingless bee hives, ISBN 978-0-646-93997-1 (paperback)

Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees.

Inside this book you’ll find the complete guide to native stingless bees, written by an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures. Whether you keep a hive or two in your suburban garden, or want to use multiple hives on a commercial farm, this friendly guide has you covered.

  • Bee biology, behaviour, nesting, social life and foraging
  • How to build your own native bee hive
  • How to transfer a bee colony to a hive box and propagate hives
  • All about sugarbag honey, including how to extract it from hives
  • Managing your hive
  • Identifying and dealing with pests
  • Using stingless bees for pollination — from small gardens to commercial crops
  • A complete list of Australia’s stingless bee species, how to identify them, their characteristics, where they occur, and recommended hives
  • A readable summary of the latest research on native bees

Richly illustrated with over 500 photos, drawings and charts to aid your learning.