Native Stingless Bees Sydney

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Inside the native beehive. the bees make a spiral shaped next and store their sugarbag honey on the outside.

The bees make a spiral shaped nest for their brood and store their sugarbag honey on the outside.

Elke breeds and supplies native stingless bees in Sydney as one of the ways she is able to contribute to Australia’s natural food and bio security.

Native bees are also fascinating to observe and a very rewarding addition to your garden, aged care home, school or community garden. 

Native Stingless Bees Sydney & Native Bee Hives for Sale

Native stingless bees in beehives are available for purchase. Please call Elke for an information sheet on 0410 456 404, or email Elke can assist in the correct siting and installation of your new native hive. The native bees are called Tetragonula carbonaria and are endemic to the Sydney Basin (and are also found in coastal areas of NSW and Qld).   Elke’s native bees are acclimatised to the Sydney climate as the bees are bred  here in Sydney.  Stingless bees are not suited to the western or elevated areas of  the Sydney Basin due to temperature extremes being too great for Tetragonula to survive. Even in more coastal locations in Sydney, the siting of the hive is very important to ensure good temperature regulation.  

Native stingless bees

(Tetragonula carbonaria) native stingless bees are endemic to the Sydney Basin (as well as to coastal parts of Qld and NSW). We supply and install native hives into your garden, community space, landscape project, school, child care centre, nursing home or other landscape space (including balconies).

 Native Bee Workshops:

Click here for a list of our native bee workshops. These are all in Sydney.

Why are native bees important?

  • Pollination,
  • To promote ecosystem diversity and balance,
  • To preserve threatened species. (Native stingless bees whose natural habitats are hollows in trees and logs have largely had their habitat removed in urban situations.)
  • Their hive products potential importance in medical applications such as wound treatment (see this research by Karina Hamilton, USC)

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Plants which native bees pollinate include macadamias, strawberries, tomatoes, passion fruit, blueberries, mango,


watermelon, daisies, and most of the flowering Australian native plants like Grevillea, Eucalyptus, Angophora and many others.

Native stingless bees also pollinate edible fruits, herbs and vegetables such including: salvia, parsley, sage, kale, coriander, nasturtium, tarragon, grape, brassica family plants,  basil, palm flowers, banana flowers, water lilies, passion fruit, Camellia sasanqua, crocus and many more.

Australian native flowering trees and plants have developed their flower shape to attract native bees and pollinators. Native bees and the resins they produce are likely to provide as yet untapped medical and health benefits.


Turf Design Studio gets native sitngless beesWhat is Included when I buy a native bee hive? What is the cost?

  • Delivery is included. (we bring the bees to you so that they arrive safely and in good condition).
  • You own your own fully functioning hive with native stingless bees (Tetragonula carbonaria) inside.
  • Assessment of your landscape to find a suitable location for your new bees.
  • Installation and set up of the hives once we’ve discussed and agreed on a suitable location.
  • Advice about your native bees. Inspection, maintenance and splitting of your hive (included in the price) once per year.
  • A yearly guarantee of hive success.
  • Relocation advice if you need to move your hive and other advice on hand if needed. 

Schools and community groups may also be interested in a ‘bee awareness and education’ workshop with their native hive. The purchase price of a hive is $580 ex gst. I am happy to discuss individual requirements and the placement and installation of your hive.

What do native bees look like?

Tetragonula carbonaria (native stingless bees) are only about 4 mm long and are mostly black with iridescent wings.  The tetragonula carbonaria are the only naturally occurring social Australian native stingless bee species found in the Sydney basin.

Click here for a short 20 second videos of the native bees at work flying in and out of their hive.

 What maintenance do native bees require?

Click here for information on what is involved in keeping native bees and the very low maintenance they need. You won’t need any specialist equipment as I perform yearly maintenance and inspections.

 The Perfect Gift.elke native bees_c

We have started providing gift certificates as our hives have become a unique gift for garden and nature enthusiasts.

Watching your native bees come and go from your hive is wonderfully therapeutic and fascinating.

Owning native bees is also an important contribution you can make to ecosystem security. Contact Elke if you would like further information or would like to order and buy your native hive. Mobile: 0410 456 404. ph: 93615526 e:


More about Aussie Bees and Native Stingless Bees in Australia.

There are over 1700 different species of native bees in Australia (most of these are solitary bees, only 10 species are social like Tetragonula) and only one type of Tetragonula species is found in the Sydney area – that is Tetragonula carbonaria.


To find out more about native bees, visit Dr Anne Dollin’s ‘Aussie Bee and Australian Native Bee Research‘ website with a wealth of knowledge on the fascinating world of native bees.,

Our contribution back – Bee Research

Melaleuca_elke native beesWe are currently conducting research and scientific analysis of native stingless bee pollen, honey, propolis, resins and floral resource data to find out more about Australia’s unique native social stingless bees.    Native bees and the resins they produce are likely to provide as yet untapped medical and health benefits. We hope to be able to report back to you once this research is completed with useful information about your native bees.


Native Stingless Bee Nest.

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The photo above shows the inside nest of the native bees, Tetragonula carbonaria. The brood (eggs) are on the left and the honey stores (sugarbag honey) is stored in pots (right of photo).  Pollen stores are also seen on the right.  For a sense of scale, the Tetragonula bees are about 3 to 4mm long.

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It is always exciting for primary school (and high school) students to welcome their native stingless bees into their school kitchen gardens.  Sometimes there is a welcoming ceremony! Often the students get an opportunity to decorate their hives or the hive roof before the bees arrive as well as having a short presentation by Elke on our Australian naive pollinators / stingless bees.primary school bee hive elke stingless bees








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I look forward to hearing from you with any questions you have. From Elke Haege – Native Stingless Bees Sydney.



Contact Elke

Elke Haege BLArch (Hons) (UNSW) AILA Registered Landscape Architect
mobile: 0410 456 404
phone: 02 9361 4426
address: 2/17 Kellett St, Kings Cross,NSW, 2011
ABN: 32828038804

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