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The influence of plant species, origin and color of garden nursery flowers on the number and composition of pollinating insect visitors

Nurseries are where most of us acquire plants for our gardens, but evidence for which plants, and features of these plants, should be selected to create a pollinator garden, is often unavailable. To fill this lacuna, Dr Kit Prendergast – the Bee Babette – conducted standardised snapshot pollinator observations at Zanthorrea Nursery, Western Australia, over …

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Update on the ANBA Varroa Response Program – Jan 23

Update on the ANBA Varroa Response Programby Anne Dollin Chair of the ANBA Varroa Response SubcommitteeThe NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is now actively using the toxic pesticide, Fipronil, to bait feral European honeybees in most of their Varroa Mite Red Zones, including parts of Newcastle. To see which areas currently being baited, visit: …

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Lori Lach wins a Medal

Associate Professor Lori Lach from James Cook University, Cairns, has won the biennial Ian Mackerras Medal from the Australian Entomological Society., https://www.austentsoc.org.au/awards/the-ian-mackerras-medal/ Lori’s work on native bees includes studies on pathogen, insecticides and climate change. Congratulations Lori! Her published work includes the well-received book “Ant Ecology” where she was the senior editor. Much of her …

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Book Launch – Native bees of the ACT and NSW South Coast. A spotter’s guide

The launch of this wonderful new book was held in Pollinator Week on 12 November in the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. The event was well attended and the high level of interest in the book is encouraging. Unfortunately the spring weather here which has been less than ideal for native bee spotting!Further details on …

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Native bees of the ACT and NSW South Coast. A spotter’s guide

Native bees of the ACT and NSW South Coast. A spotter’s guideBy Peter Abbott,Published by peterabbott@iinet.net.au2022, 127 pp. Online price $30.ISBN 978-0-646-86911-7 Review by Michael Batley Bee spotters! What a great name for such an important body of scientific expertise. As I sat down to write this, I received an e-mail containing evidence that extends …

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