The Australian Native Bee Book

Cover featuring the brood comb of a Sugarbag Bee (Tetragonula carbonaria)

Paperback - September 2016 - AU $35.00

A complete guide to keeping Australian native stingless bees.

Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. This book allows the reader to do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees. + Full description

In this book you’ll find the complete guide to native stingless bees, written by an ex-CSIRO research scientist 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.

The Australian Native Bee Book describes native bees generally and provides a complete guide to keeping Australian native stingless bees. It is richly illustrated with over 500 photos, drawings and charts to increase accessibility and aid learning.

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Paperback | September 2016 | $ 35.00
ISBN: 9780646939971 | 246 pages
Publisher: Sugarbag Bees


Tim Heard is an entomologist and ex-CSIRO research scientist. He has been keeping Australian native stingless bees since 1985, when he transferred his first hive from a cut down tree into a wooden box. He now keeps over 350 hives, obtained through rescuing threatened wild hives and splitting existing hives. Tim continues to develop new hive designs and techniques that allow better splitting and extraction of sugarbag and wax. Tim has been giving seminars and workshops on native bees since 1995. Tim’s favorite Australian stingless bee species is Austroplebeia essingtoni, because their tiny size and beautiful gentle nature.