There are more than 1600 species of Australian native bee. The 10 major groups of native Australian bees are: - Stingless Bees (Austroplebeia & Trigona) - Blue Banded Bees (Amegilla) - Teddy Bear Bees (Amegilla) - Yellow & Black Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa) - Green Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa) - Reed Bees (Exoneura & Braunsapis) - Leafcutter Bees (Megachile) - Resin Bees (Megachile) - Homalictus Bees (Homalictus) - Masked Bees (Amphylaeus, Hylaeus & Meroglossa) Humans Need Bees…but do Bees Need Us? - One third of the food humans eat comes from a bee-pollinated plant…bees pollinate everything from almonds to tomatoes, onions to broccoli, macadamia nuts to cucumbers, lemons to soybeans, apples to avocados, clover to blueberries! - Bees around the world are suffering from increased exposure to synthetic chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, land clearing, tree felling, disease and pests. It is also not currently known what long term effects genetically modified plants and the pollen and nectar from those plants may have on bees. - We can do our bit for bees by providing them with habitat and food sources, and by choosing not to use synthetic chemicals in our gardens or on our bodies. Oh yeh, and support organic farming practices!

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