The Honey of Australian Native Stingless Bees
By Dean Haley
Dean’s book, The Honey of Australian Native Stingless Bees is a book about native stingless bees with an emphasis on honey. It is beautifully illustrated and visually pleasing.
While once little known and shrouded in mystery, our native 'sugarbag' bees have now become very popular.
There are thousands of hives sold each year to schools, families, orchards and farms. This book provides insights for utilising this wealth of bees to extract their unique and amazing honey.
This book is relevant if you have just one, or many hundreds of hives. This book is very Australian. With contributors well known in the stingless bee world. Tobias Smith and Anne Dollin were two of my reviewers. The sections on Indigenous Australian knowledge, and Beekeeper stories are particularly liked.Bob Luttrell, Tim Heard and other’s have shared their stories and methods of extracting honey.
This book is not just about the bees, its also a celebration of the people who love them. It offers a glimpse of Aboriginal connectedness, and early Australian colonist history. It cover’s food safety laws in Australia, and stingless bee innovations in other countries.
A feature of the work is it’s rich illustrations and stunning photographs, with Glenbo Craig taking credit for the amazing layout and many of the photographs.
A little about Dean Haley
Dean has always liked bugs. At school, he would be catching grasshoppers, crickets and studying ant colonies. At home, his Dad bought him a beehive at age ten.
Dean comes from a long lineage of farmers, but the farm life was not for him. He studied and became a scientist in Biotechnology where he has worked for many years. Arriving in Brisbane about 15 years ago he discovered and then fell in love with our native stingless bees.
Dean helped found the Brisbane Native Beekeepers Club 5 years ago, which later grew to become a national native bee association (the ANBA).
Dean has helped to organise two Australian native bee conferences, is the current Chair of the Brisbane branch of the ANBA, and the Chair of the ANBA honey committee. He loves to be involved with community, and to help people discover the joy of bees.
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