The School of Biological Sciences is happy to offer a one-day workshop on native bee identification with Dr Tobias Smith.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to Australian bee diversity and anatomy and provided with the skills needed to navigate bee identification keys. The workshop will start with a one-hour lecture covering diversity and anatomy, before moving to the lab for three hours.

During the lab session, you will be guided in the use of microscopes and keys to identify pinned bee specimens to genus level. Places are limited to maximise the experience of participants. You will come away from the course armed with a deeper understanding and knowledge of Australian bee diversity and gain the skills to use keys to identify specimens to genus.

This workshop immediately follows the 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference, held at The University of Queensland.

Bookings are essential. 

Please note: Participants must wear closed shoes during this workshop, as we will be working in laboratory areas.


About Native bee workshops and lectures

Dr Tobias Smith from the School of Biological Sciences is offering a range of native bee workshops for both university students and for the wider community. In these workshops, participants are introduced to native bee taxonomy and taught the techniques involved in identifying different native bee species.

With over 1650 described bee species, the bees of Australia are more diverse than the birds and mammals combined. Through their pollination services, native bees are vital to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Some native bee species also have important roles in crop pollination.

Researchers at the University of Queensland work on a number of different areas related to native bees, including bee ecology and evolution, bee behaviour, pollination of native and crop plants, honey chemistry and native bee outreach.


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