Native Bees

Dr. Tim Heard's four part video series on Australian Native bees.

Dr Tim Heard, Research Scientist, talks about the design of an Australian native beehive, suitable for many species, especially Tetragonula carbonaria and Tetragonula hockingsi. It is designed for propagation and honey extraction.

Internal Architecture of the Nest of the Australian native bee Tetragonula carbonaria.

In this video, Dr Tim Heard, Research Scientist, has opened a hive to show you the various structures found naturally.

Dr Tim Heard, Research Scientist, shows how to split (propagate) an Australian native beehive, showing Tetragonula carbonaria as the example.

Dr Tim Heard, Research Scientist, explains how to extract honey from an Australian Native Beehive.

Additional Native Bee Resources

From the CSIRO site: "Think of a bee. You’re probably imagining a fuzzy yellow and black thing with a little stinger helping pollinate things. Well done! That’s a great description of the European honeybee, Apis mellifera, but try and imagine another bee… How about a native Aussie bee. Any ideas? No? Well, buckle up, buttercup, we’re going on a wild native bee-hunting ride. "

A Tool for Studying Australian Native Bees

Would you like to identify a bee or other insect you've seen in your garden?

First ask these three questions:

  • Is it really a bee?
  • Is it a Native bee?
  • What type of Native bee is it?

Resin Bee

Wasp-mimic Bee

Green and Gold Nomia Bee

Neon Cuckoo Bee

You can purchase the beautiful set of four Australian Native Bee stamps for $4.00 from Australia Post.

Bee Stamps

The Native Bees Maxicard set can be purchased for $7.00 from Australia Post.


The Native Bees stamp pack can be purchased for $4.45 from Australia Post.

Stamp Pack