Did you know that Bees were here, when the dinosaurs walked planet earth?
Did you know that Bees evolved from hunting wasps?
Did you know that most of the workers & foragers in the hive are female bees?
Bees in general evolved from a hunting wasp millions of years ago. Hunting wasps would stalk and kill insects and bring them to their nest to feed their larvae.
As the hunting wasps were collecting their food they were accidentally rubbing pollen from flowers onto their fur.
Thousands of years later some of these wasps started purposely collecting pollen because it was much easier than hunting insects. These are what we call BEES!
The Australian Native Bees are a subspecies that do not have stings and are therefore harmless. Native bees mainly live in northern and eastern coastal areas in Australia. They live mainly in Northern NSW & Queensland because they need warm temperatures so they can live.
Bzzzzz, Bzzzzz, the hive has awoken now and all the foragers start to fly out of the hive and look for pollen on flowers they like.
Bzzzz, the Queen has awoken her role today is to lay eggs for the colony so the hive thrives.
Bzzzzzz, the worker bees are now helping to seal up the hive using propulus which is made with honey, pollen and beeswax so the bad guys can’t get in.
Native bees have natural enemies which are mainly the Phorid fly and Native Australian beetles. The Phorid fly flies to the entrance of the hive and pretends to be a native bee and the native bees think that these copycat flies are one of their own, but they’re not.
Later when phorid flies sneak into the hive they lay eggs everywhere and as their larvae hatch they eat all of the food and destroy the hive from the inside.
The Australian native beetle also destroys the hive by eating all the food supply, eating the native bee’s eggs and then destroying the structure of the hive physically.
Did you know that Native bees do better in urban areas in comparison to the bush. This is because in the bush, eucalypts, flower in some seasons – not all year round.
Overall there is not as much pollen being found in the bush in comparison to urban areas with the abundance of flowers in all seasons.
Today Australian native stingless bees are being domesticated as pets and produce rare precious honey.
I just started my domestic pet project in order to produce honey from Australian native stingless bees during COVID-19 lockdown at my Nani house and its great fun looking after them, researching their behaviour and hopefully harvesting honey from them in a few months time.