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fairdinkumseeds

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Australian native stingless bees
« on: November 27, 2013, 04:20:44 am »

Here are some native bees from around here.
The dudes in the log are great pollinators, and their honey is delicious but a bit sort of like tannin, astringent.
If you eat a lot it goes straight through you, but its very medicinal.
The best stuff for rooting seedlings, and just as good as powdered hormone in my opinion.
They are very small and under threat from the imported European and they have all the same issues that the euro is having.
Poisoning from farm drift and insect attack of the hives are big issues.
Their hive setup is completely different, and I reckon they are more like an ant that makes honey and flies if you get my drift.

They don't sting but they do bite a bit. Its not real bad though, no worse than a normal ant and doesn't last long at all.
I'm going to get a hive soon with any luck and will post pics.

Heaps of data here>
http://www.aussiebee.com.au/beesinyourarea.html
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Its subtropical.
Hot very dry Summers, mild wet Winters.
Record coldest 0.8c (34f) and hottest 44c(111f) .
Annual rain 1141mm (45inches).
Average temp is 16c-27c (62f-80f)
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Re: Australian native stingless bees
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 02:52:19 pm »

Australian native bees~sugar bag, doing their thing at my place.

I will add an extension over time and make them go through a narrower and narrower entrance, then eventually a short pipe.
I will do this by building up tree resin around the currently wide entrance.
The tree resin is a natural insect repellent which keep the ants and other insects away.
Native bees also occasionally collect bitumen from roads and perished rubber from windscreen wipers to do the same thing.

Once they have got used to that narrow entrance, and it starts to look like a pipe or funnel, I will then add a new hive box on the end.
Any luck they will get sick of going all the way into the box, out the back of the box, then into the tree hollow hive.

Then, at least in theory, they just build a new hive in the box and I can remove and relocate it elsewhere on the property.
The original hive in the tree should bounce back fine and I can then start the process again, in theory..
Will update my progress as I go along.

Sorry no vid, won't load and not a tech savvy dude so will try again later I guess...
Just get this every time>>>
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The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

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Its subtropical.
Hot very dry Summers, mild wet Winters.
Record coldest 0.8c (34f) and hottest 44c(111f) .
Annual rain 1141mm (45inches).
Average temp is 16c-27c (62f-80f)
Plant suggestions? Pm

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Re: Australian native stingless bees
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 10:53:09 pm »

Are these the bees that made the honey you sent me a while back? Goooood stuff.  ;D

How do you know the bees are collecting bitumen and old rubber? It's very common for them to gather sap from trees and to mix it with wax to form a pliable putty that they use to seal cracks - called propolis - which is used in turn by us human thieves in stuff like cosmetics on a large scale and as an antimicrobial on a smaller scale. I've never heard of them using non-plant sources to make propolis, though.

I have quite a bit of the stuff saved up from my trips inside my hive. Smells like cinnamon/dirty ass/sweat/sweet. LOL
« Last Edit: January 10, 2017, 10:54:12 pm by Sunshine »
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Re: Australian native stingless bees
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2017, 09:10:30 am »

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Are these the bees that made the honey you sent me a while back? Goooood stuff.  ;D
Those ones were from these ones>>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetragonula_carbonaria

Where as my hive is these fellas>>>
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigona_hockingsi


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How do you know the bees are collecting bitumen and old rubber?
See them doing it all the time, its a pretty common thing with this species of bees.

Never seen it myself, but apparently they will strip tacky half dried house paint and other stuff like silicone, expanding foam etc.
The hydrocarbons or toxic vapors/solvents seem to attract them to a degree, so the builders and pro beekeeping folks tell me.
Be some vids on utube etc I'd say?


I just tried loading my vid and a couple updates of me adding an "education" box. I guess you can't upload to the forum still due to past spamming dramas?.
Do I have to load to reddit then link to it? I though that drama with spammers was over and the forum was fixed...

If not what am I doing wrong? I just get 404 directory not found etc.

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Its subtropical.
Hot very dry Summers, mild wet Winters.
Record coldest 0.8c (34f) and hottest 44c(111f) .
Annual rain 1141mm (45inches).
Average temp is 16c-27c (62f-80f)
Plant suggestions? Pm

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Re: Australian native stingless bees
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2017, 04:40:27 pm »

Have you tried uploading it to Youtube and linking the video instead? I haven't been here very long, but those are the only videos I've seen on this forum(and most of them are songs from Mangrove :P)