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AG Native Bees bookcover
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Australian native bees AgGuide

Tocal College
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Combining the substantial expertise of many of Australia's leading native bee researchers, this book is a guide to observing and keeping Australia's broad range of native bee species.


  • Bee biology and behaviour
  • Bees as pollinators
  • Agricultural beescapes
  • Native bees for pollination services
  • Urban bee ecology
  • Creating artificial nest sites for Australian solitary and semi-social bees
  • Bee identification
  • Stingless bees
  • Capturing, photographing and classifying bees
  • Bee biosecurity
  • FAQ about Australian native bees


This publication was produced by Education Delivery, Tocal College, NSW Department of Primary Industries, as a collaborative effort with native bee specialists from across Australia. Particular thanks to Dr Anne Dollin, Dr Katja Hogendoorn, Dr Tim Heard, Dr Saul Cunningham, Dr Romina Rader, Dr Manu Saunders, Dr Tanya Latty, Dr Caragh Threlfall, Dr Tobias Smith, Dr Megan Halcroft, and Dr Michael Batley for their generous time and expertise. Thank you also to the photographers and illustrators for their incredible skill in producing the beautiful bee images throughout the AgGuide.

ISBN:  9781760586140 | 174 pages | A4

Catalogue number:  B964

Publisher:  NSW Department of Primary Industries | 2022