Australia native bees

Conservation and distribution

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Kin Kin Native Bees

Hello and welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in native bees.

Kin Kin Native Bees are producers of hives of two species of native stingless bees, Tetragonula carbonaria and Tetragonula hockingsi.

These hives are available for rental to commercial orchardists and for sale to the general public when available. Availability of hives is generally seasonal.

Please contact us to discuss purchase of hives or rental for pollination of your orchard or crop. 

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Services

Native bee rescue, contract pollination, sales of hives and empty boxes. Information on keeping your own hive. We now also give educational talks to school groups and also sell nesting blocks for solitary bees as well as provide information on how to make your own.

Commercial Pollination

Australian Native Bees are extremely effective pollinators of many horticultural crops as well as native plants. They have a number of advantages which have proven to increase nut and fruit size and yield. Their small size allows them to easily negotiate small, delicate flowers such as the macadamia flower. The bees have only about a 500 M flight range from their hive so if placed in the middle of an orchard, they will only work flowers within this range. Normal honeybees have a much greater flight range and can often fly straight past the intended host crop in search of more appealing flowers. Also while honeybees forage for nectar and pollen spread is incidental, native bees visit mainly for pollen which greatly assists crops which require cross pollination.

Native stingless bees have proven effective on these crops: Macadamia, Avacado, Strawberries, Rockmelon, Watermelon, Mango, Blueberries, Citrus and Lychee, with many more being trialed.

Backyard Pollination

A hive of Australian Native Stingless Bees is a must for any avid backyard veggie grower, market gardener or hobby farmer. Not only will they pollinate your fruit trees and veggie plants but, as they are stingless, you can put your hive right in the middle of your plot or yard without the fear of anyone being stung. This also lets you and the kids get right up close to the hive and watch the bees take off to forage and then return carrying their little bags of pollen, land, and run into the hive. Here’s a tip though. When watching your bees stand slightly to the side of the hive so as the bees approach on their return flight they can still see the entrance to their hive.

With the addition of an extra level to your hive (honey super) you too can produce your own delicious native bee honey.

Bee Rescue

If you know of a hive of native bees in danger of being destroyed through land clearing, or storm damage to trees containing nesting sites, please contact us and we will arrange for a hive rescue.

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Hives

We sell hives and empty boxes and provide Information on keeping your own hive. We also sell nesting blocks for solitary bees as well as provide information on how to make your own.

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Kin Kin Native Bees

Bee info

We have acquireda wealth of knowledge about native bees and are happy to share.

Frequently asked questions

Stingless Bees

At Kin Kin Native Bees we keep the most common three species of stingless bees;


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Solitary Bees

At Kin Kin native bees we are also trying to build up numbers of solitary native bees by providing nesting blocks and houses to suit some of the many other bees native to this area.


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Valley Bees Community

Valley Bees is a group committed to nurture and maintain the population of all bees in the local environment.


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Indigenous significance

Gaiya is one of the names used by the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Sunshine Coast for the native stingless bee.


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Contact us

Kin Kin Native Bees is located in the village of Kin Kin in the Noosa hinterland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Contact us to discuss purchase of hives or rental for pollination of your orchard or crop.