Bees in the Forest

Feral Bees are back in the hollow branches in the Kauri Trees. Between the years 2000 and 2006 Varroa mite (Varroa Destructor) was accidently introduced to NZ, the mite decimated the Bee colonies in the forest. HoneyBees (Apis Mellifera) were brought in by the Europeans 1839 to the Hokianga. Native Bees of NZ live in holes dug in the ground. There are 28 species, consisting of three main species, Leioproctus, Hylaeus and Lasioglossum. These Bees help pollinate the flowers in the forest along with birds and Bats.

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  1. Gary Fawcett December 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    Great to see the native bees, lets hope that varroa mites don’t jump spieces and start wiping them out.

    I’m guessing that they size helps keep the mites away?

    Thanks…Gary

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