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Flora for Fauna a hive of information on native bees
The Flora for Fauna fact sheet "Attracting native bees to your garden" is abuzz with information on these fascinating insects.
Written by the Australian Native Bee Research Centre, you can discover how to:
The benefits of encouraging native bees into your garden are not limited to the pollination of Australian plants. Native bees are excellent pollinators for home fruit and vegetable gardens.
- Identify native bees in your area
- Select the best plants to encourage native bees into your garden
- Build a native bee nest.
Several species of native bees are capable of a special behaviour called buzz pollination. This is ideal for the flowers of tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, berries and more.
There are over 1,500 species of native bees in Australia. Yet the bee most commonly seen in gardens is the European honeybee. Introduced bees, including bumblebees, compete with the much smaller native bees for food supplies.
Gardeners can choose a wide variety of plants to attract and support native bees. Some plants provide valuable supplies of nectar and pollen for the bees whilst others assist with their nest building.
Good food plants for native bees include Angophora and Eucalyptus trees, Brachyscome groundcovers, grevilleas, Leptospermum and Westringia.
Leafcutter bees love collecting pieces of soft leaf for nest building from plants such as Senna clavigera, and the slender reed bees build their miniature nests inside dead pithy stems of plants such as tree ferns.
Itís important to ensure the plants you choose for your garden are the right plants to attract, feed and shelter the native bees and other fauna in your area.
Flora for Fauna garden centres are abuzz with good advice and everything you need to attract native bees along with native birds and butterflies to your garden. You can locate the one nearest to you by using the "Choose a garden centre" search on the Flora for Fauna website.
Visit the Australian Native Bee Research Centre Aussie Bee website www.aussiebee.com to discover more about these fascinating insects.