While there are over 20,000 bee species around the world, there is one group that hold a special place in the hearts of humans: the stingless bees (Meliponini).

There are an estimated 600 stingless bee species found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, and here in Australia we have 11 species. Like European honey bees, stingless bees live in colonies of thousands, have a single egg-laying queen and make and store delicious honey. Unlike European honey bees, stingless bees cannot sting, and their honey has a unique and tangy flavour.

This lecture will take you into the secret lives of stingless bees, both Australian and overseas species, and introduce you to Meliponiculture - the keeping and management of stingless bees.

This is a free streamed event using Zoom webinar. Registration is essential and numbers are limited. You do not need to create a Zoom account to attend this webinar, although we recommend downloading the Zoom app. 
Only one registration per device is needed. For example, if two people are watching from the one computer, you should only register one booking.

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Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

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.