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Native Bee Project - Blue Banded Bee

A Blue Banded Bee

There are more than 1600 types of native bees across Australia, which is ten times as many as there are mammal species! In the Adelaide region there are at least 200 species of native bees but few South Australians are familiar with even one. These fascinating and sometimes elusive insects can be as small as 2 mm long and live in all sorts of places like hollow stems and holes in the ground.

The native bees which live in our state are solitary and don’t live in hives nor produce honey however they do play an important part in the pollination of Australian native plants. In fact there are many plants which can only be pollinated by native bees. They are also great pollinators for our veggies and fruit trees and are often more effective at pollinating flowers than honeybees.  One of our larger (up to 11mm long) and more obvious residents, the blue banded bee, is a buzz pollinator which is perfect for crops like tomatoes, and even makes them taste better!

The City of Campbelltown, in conjunction with seven other councils, and our funding partner the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, will be creating Native Bee Hotel or BnB's along our iconic River Torrens. The Campbelltown Bee BnB will be in the Butterfly Garden at Lochiel Park in Campbelltown and everyone is invited to help build it at a free, family friendly event to be held on Saturday 7th July 2pm-4pm. 

Join SA Gardening Guru Sophie Thompson and learn all about native bees and help construct a Native Bee Hotel. Light refreshments will be provided.

The frame will be pre-constructed but we will be looking for donations of materials for the bee homes which we will assemble on the day. Once you register your interest we will let you know what is needed.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/campbelltown-native-bee-bnb-community-construction-day-tickets-45579706128.

For further information contact Rachael Hamilton at RHamilton@campbelltown.sa.gov.au, Sue Graham at SGraham@campbelltown.sa.gov.au or call Council on 8366 9222.

For more information about native bees, how to build a native bee hotel in your own backyard or which plants attract native bees refer the Adelaide & Mt Lofty NRM webpage.

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