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No Bees in Darwin!!!

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searchAdrian Iodice from Beekeeping Naturally has recently been up the ‘top End’ of Australia and returned with distressing news….no bees in Darwin or Katherine!

“I was very surprised to hear that people are having to hand pollinate their vegetables and fruit trees due to the lack of bees in Darwin and Katherine!! This is Australia I’m talking about!

This is a very serious situation!! I believe it has to do with all the insecticides that are used in agriculture across the top end.We are truly heading down the path China has Image result for hand pollinationgone down where they have teams of people climbing trees with little brushes to hand pollinate their commercial orchards, absolute madness!!
I have spoken with the apiaries inspector in Darwin and she agrees that the cause is most likely pesticide use. (Lots of burning happening too)

Trade vegies from home with your friends and neighbours. Get a Bee hive or 3 and let the bees guide you to a healthier and in tune life style and receive the gift of honey and the warmth and light of old grandfather sun through the wax candles you make together, and spread the word about pesticides.

Start planning for Spring gardens with a good range of herbs which are the bees medicine chest. Borage, lavender, basil, chives, echinacea, lemon balm, oregano, rocket, sage, mints and thyme are a welcome addition to our gardens and good to cook with too. If you’ve only a small space grow them in pots and amongst your vegetables. has good guides to planting for bees and companion planting.

Borage is particularly beneficial for bees as it has the highest levels of p-courmeric acid of all plants and helps them to deal with pesticides. British Colombia Beekeepers magazine has an article on research which is well worth reading if you’re a beekeeper on how honey bees deal with pesticides and pathogens.…/BeesCene-F… p 11. I’ll bee teaching a Natural Beekeeping course in Darwin next June or July and spreading the word.
Hopefully the media gets a hold of the situation and something gets done.

If you don’t live in the Territory and want to get bees, here is a link to my course page. I’ll be teaching Natural Beekeeping courses all over the country this spring and summer. NOW is the time to book your place for the up coming bee season.”

Can cities save bees? How can urban habitats be made to serve pollinator conservation? A great article on how we can better support bees and other pollinators in our back and front gardens (and rooftops!) and start the conversation with urban planners.

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  1. Chris Dixon says:

    Hmmm. no bees in Katherine???? There are never enough, but there are certainly plenty of bees and always plenty of local honey to be had. Adrian has run two topbar beekeeping courses here. Fascinating. Now we are looking at exploring native bees

    • ACT for Bees says:

      I’m so glad to hear the bees are doing well. We would love to hear more about the native bees in Katherine.

  2. Bees in Darwin says:

    There are plenty of native bees in Darwin. There are at least three nests in the walls of the building where I work alone. They get in through the cracks between the concrete blocks and build their hives in the cool, hollow spaces inside. Just google Darwin stingless bees and you’ll learn more,

  3. adrian says:

    After failures of vegetables planted in Palmerston . I discovered this post . It makes sense now as flowers appear but no subsequent fruit or vegetables due to no pollination and no bee action. thanks its making sense now.

  4. Misbah says:

    Hi. Has the situation changed with current wet season? What are recent updates on pollination bees in the top end? Thanks.

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