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Native bees play an important role in the Australian environment as key pollinators of many plant species.

Of the almost 1600 wild bees native to Australia, about 14 are stingless. As stingless bees are harmless to humans, they have become an increasingly attractive addition to the suburban backyard.

Most beekeepers do not keep the bees for honey, but rather for the pleasure of conserving a native species whose original habitat is declining due to human development.

In return, the bees pollinate crops, garden flowers, and bushland during their search for nectar and pollen.

Although native stingless bees produce only small amounts of honey, the beautifully warm Queensland weather is ideally suited to getting the most out of these little wonders. Native stingless bees are easy to look after, help your garden, and make great low-maintenance pets for kids!

Biodiverse Environmental offers hive rescue and relocation and expert advice on native bees. .