The 3 best ways you can help Australian native bees

The 3 best ways you can help Australian native bees

As you can see in the image above, the blue banded bee (Amegilla) on the left hand side is colourful and has blue stripes running down the back of him.

On the right, the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a more common sight.

If you do happen across a bee in your garden, and want to know what kind it is, you can use the Aussie Bee website identifier flow chart to help you.

How to care for Australian native bees

Australian native bees are currently under threat, mainly due to disease and habitat loss. While fighting disease is not something that can be done by the individual, creating areas in your garden to support bee pollination and building of safe habitats definitely is!

According to the CSIRO, there are three main ways you can make your garden bee friendly:

Create a biodiverse garden

Your garden can become a haven for native bees and other Aussie wildlife to live in. The best way to start promoting biodiversity in your backyard is simple, by planting native plants!

From wildflowers, like the ptilotus above, to choosing native lawn alternatives instead of grass, your garden can help Aussie animals, insects and birds thrive.

The CSIRO recommends using native wildflowers that bees can pollinate, so they can help your garden in return. Here are our top picks of native flower species:

Build a 'bee hotel'

Unlike European bees, most Aussie native bees are solitary creatures. This means that a female bee will make a nest by herself in hollowed out wood, including in tree trunks, fallen logs and branches.

One of the best ways to help the bees is by creating a 'bee hotel' to house the lodger bees, that will happily build their nest in already pre-existing holes.

The easiest way to do this is by cutting lengths of hollow bamboo or small cardboard tubes and sticking them into walls, tree crevices and other areas around the garden.

Make sure to do this near lots of greenery and flowering native plants to entice the bees to their new home!

Raise awareness

Finally, raising awareness about the importance of native bees is essential to keeping them healthy and happy.

Just as you have created a safe home for them to live in, by raising awareness with friends and family, they too can build 'bee hotels' and plant more native species to support the bees!

You can also contribute your own bee data to helpful collection apps like iNaturalist as a way to keep track of native species and interactions in your local area.

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