Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blowing in the wind

August is our windiest month and true to its reputation, blew many a gale this year. It's amazing what you can find on the ground afterwards.


As long as a four-person table


I've never seen a native bee hive before, let alone one this big! At first I thought it was a piece of bark which blew off the eucalyptus tree in the backyard. I ignored it for several days, before taking a closer inspection. Had I been there on the day I noticed it fall from the tree, I wonder if I could've tasted Sugarbag? That is what it has been coined by Indigenous Australians, instead of 'honey'.


Millions of cells created by an army of stingless bees


The good news is, when I did see this wonderful sight several days after it had fallen, the native bees were back at the tree, the old hive had fallen from. So I assume a queen had survived, or they would have flown away. The acacias are in full bloom now, so they should be able to restock.

Even if I haven't seen as many European honey bees around, I'm happy to know there's still a stronghold of native bees in my backyard.

I did a little research on our native stingless bees, and found while they're harmless to humans, you wouldn't want to be an African Hive Beetle - because that's a whole other story.




2 comments:

  1. thats a very nice hive Chris, nature provides some wonderful art work. what will you do with it?

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  2. We were thinking of contacting Sarah's school, to see if they wanted an example for nature appreciation, or some other relevant topic. But I suspect if we did that, we wouldn't get to see it in one piece again, lol.

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