To bee or not to bee

That is no longer the question.

Yesterday my husband picked up my early Christmas present. It is a native Australian bee hive.


To be more precise, it is a hive for Tetragonula Carbonaria, which sounds like a pasta dish but is a small Australian stingless bee.


They make only a small amount of honey, which we will leave as their winter food source. We bought them to assist in pollinating our garden (and because I am interested in creating a garden that is more of a complete system).

There is a foam box to protect them from the weather, which they have needed today. I have planted flower seedlings around the hive and situated it under the arch, so when the passionfruit grows it will have more protection.


I love my new hive, it is definitely a welcome addition to my garden.

6 responses to “To bee or not to bee

  1. I’ve never heard of anyone keeping stingless bees in their garden. It must be lovely to have native bees that live in a hive. I don’t think they have them in Europe.

    • European honey bees are still really popular here, but the native stingless bee is becoming more popular. They are my gentle introduction to bees.

      I had a look at your blog and you seem to have a real appreciation of bees.

      • I don’t keep honey bees although I am tempted. I have lots of solitary bees in the garden and I do wonder if I had a hive of honey bees in the garden whether they would swamp the native bees. I do hope your native bees do well. I wonder if there would be enough honey ever for you just to have a little taste of the comb?

      • They do produce a little honey that can be taken, about 1/2 a litre a year. It is supposed to be delicious (although varies, like all honey, with the flowers they get their honey from).

        Most Australian native bees are also solitary, these are a social bee though. (Before starting to look at bees, I had wrongly assumed they were all social).

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