The Backyard in a Box Native Stingless Bee Box is due for publication Thursday the 8th of March 2018. Almost 2 years in the making, our official partner, Melissa Ballantyne from Sydney Stingless Bees, has made valuable contributions to our latest education for sustainability resource.
We would also like to thank all our schools who have pre-ordered this resource, and have been waiting patiently for its arrival. Dispatch of all orders will proceed from Friday the 9th of March 2018, so look out for your resource in the post in the following weeks.
There are over 1,600 species of native bees in Australia. Our resource is centred upon the species known as Tetrogonula Carbonaria. This native bee is unique because unlike the majority of native bees, this bee is social (lives in a hive as a group), and because of this it’s honey can be harvested. Utilised by Indigenous Australians for centuries, the honey from this bee is called sugarbag, and is stored in hundreds of tiny pots inside the hive. The hive is spiral shaped, and is known as an ‘advancing front.’ Also, the hives can be split resulting in propagation of the hive, essentially doubling the native bee population. This is important when we look at the important role bees play in pollination.
- They have a tongue that is like a built in drinking straw, which is used for sucking up nectar.
- They are attracted to blue and violet colours.
- They have tiny ‘pollen baskets’ on their hind legs where pollen is stored while flying back to the hive.
- These bees are found mainly on the northern and eastern coastal areas of Australia.
- One hive produces about a kilogram of highly medicinal honey a year.
- Sugarbag (honey) has been compared to the Manuka honey of New Zealand and is highly microbial. It is a prized resource so you won’t see native bee breeders smearing it on a piece of toast! It is far too precious for that. It retails for around $400.00 a kilo! What a fun and fabulous fundraising activity it could make for your centre. The hives, when split, could be sold in your community for $500.00 to $600.00.
The Native Stingless Bee Box is on special for March – $200.00 plus delivery.
Rethink your library of resources: Backyard in a Box is going digital!
Come the 1st of July 2018, Backyard in a Box will be made available in digital form. So between now and then, allotments of our traditional, hard copy resources will no longer be available in hard print. If you prefer to work hard copy, make sure you purchase your resources today!
SALE on all Resource Boxes
Resource boxes are on sale for $129.00 each (except for the Native Stingless Bee Box) – that’s $200.00 off each box (RRP is $329.00) – that’s 39% off! Visit our shop to see all of our resource boxes.
Image: Sydney Native Bees