Statistics and Other Information
Places where I have found Native Bees
Hollows of dead and living trees: Iron Bark, Gum top Box
Blue Gum, Spotted Gum, Moreton Bay Fig, Stringy Bark, Bloodwood.
Log sections under suburban houses.
Besser block incinerator.
In ground under Poinsianna stump.
Timber house stumps.
Hollow fence round posts.
Under the bark of trees.
Honeybee nucleus boxes.
Timber power poles.
In dirt under pot plant.
Number of colonies in one tree
1 tree of 5 colonies
2 trees of 4 colonies
4 trees of 3 colonies
Many trees of 2 colonies
I have found 50+ colonies of Tetragonula (was Trigona) carbonaria in a 50 hectare block of
land. These are protected and still exist in the wild.
Regularly native bee nests are found directly adjacent to honeybee colonies. The hollow tree would funnel warmth from the honeybee colony to the nest of native bees.
Occasionally it is possible to immediately split a colony from the log. The colony is so huge that it will not fit into our box. Splitting is a successful option. Balance up the bee population by rotating the box positions.
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