Australia has over 1,500 species of native bees in a rich diversity of colours and sizes. These species are a valuable resource for the future for Australian agriculture. Techniques for keeping the stingless Australian native bees are well established and research is underway into the use of blue banded bees for greenhouse tomato pollination.
Anne and Les Dollin are specialists in Australian native bees and co-founders of the Australian Native Bee Research Centre.
Australia has about ten species of small black stingless bees — our native honey bees.