|The beehive installed - facing north-east with shade from |
the western sun. What could be simpler!
That's about it for the how. But for many people, there's a question that needs to be answered before you even bother with the how, and that's 'Why would I keep native bees?'
Luckily, if you look into it, there are just so many reasons!
- Native bees are native - with over 1500 species of native bees, ten of them stingless - every part of Australia has several indigenous species to choose from.
- Native bees are perfect for pollinating native plants! Being smaller than European bees, they can pollinate smaller flowers, such as epacris, without damaging them.
- Native bees are not vulnerable to the same diseases as European bees. European bees are prey to the varroa mite, and in Europe and the Americas have been hit by a mysterious 'colony collapse disorder'. If this happened here in Australia, having a large stock of native bees would allow us to keep on pollinating food plant species.
|A bad photo of bees - you can just make|
them out on the lower half of the hive