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Plans for building the “Aussie INPA” square modular box for Australian Native Bees (PDF 483KB)
Printing Instructions:
Pages 1-9 should be printed on A4 paper and contain all required details
Pages 10-13 are optional and are sized to print on A3 for 1:1 scale Plans


Using the plans in the pdf to make the ASB dry split box

Locating stingless bee colonies before cutting (PDF 264 KB)
Tree loppers, fauna catchers and firewood cutters are often the first to contact a colony that might be removed. It is always better to be forewarned, and know the colony is in the tree, before it is actually cut down. Options can be considered.


The Role of Plant Resins and the Cadaghi Enigma (PDF 444 KB)
The Stingless bees of the Genera Trigona and Austroplebeia collect plant resins and use them to extend the wax that they produce from glands in their abdomens. The Trigona, especially T carbonaria, collect and use quite large amounts of this material from a range of trees.


Prime Real Estate, from a Blue Banded Bee point of view (PDF 430 KB)
The time that these beautiful bees emerge from their winter dormancy is getting close, and they will once again grace our gardens with their striking flashes of reflected iridescent blue bands and golden brown thorax hair.


“Is it an ant, is it a termite, no! IT’S A “SUGARBAG” BEE (PDF 613 KB)
Stingless bees and water meter boxes


What value a good hollow log to stingless bee colonies? (PDF 162.04 KB)
In all our efforts to design boxes or hive structure to suit the stingless bees, we are somewhat frustrated about what to aim for, by the range of nest sites that the stingless bee themselves chose.