Austroplebia Cassiae

This warm loving Australian Stingless Bee Species first published name was Austroplebia Cassiae. it was then changed 22 years later to Austroplebia Symei. but it is once again widely recognised as Austroplebia Cassiae or AC. due to the rules on naming animals, the first name must be used.

Natural colonies can be found in high rainfall parts of QLD (annual
rainfall above 600 mm). we have heard of A.Cassiae occuring naturally in and around gympie but they are naturally abundent from wide bay to the northern territory.  This is the second most common
Austroplebeia species
that is kept in managed hives, and is used widely for crop pollination.
we even have Austrolplebia Cassiae here in Ripley in our own hives.

Austroplebia Cassiae are darker in color than Australis. The rear edge of their Thorax normally just has two dull cream marks or may be completely black. The hair on the worker’s face is much denser in Cassiae than in Australis.
the males of Austroplebia Cassiae are brightly marked with cream legs and face markings.
Autroplebia Cassiae hive for sale | Austroplebia Cassiae
Image By Aussiebee (Les and Anne Dollin)
 
Cassiae build a distinct Funnel shaped entry, as seen below. shorter than that of Australis, and build the distinctive lazy curtain over the entry aswell.
Cassiae hive structure is similar in makeup to Australis, brood structure is the same, BUT Cassiae build a larger (up to 8ltrs) nest, comprising of more worker bees than Austroplebia Australis.
Image By Aussiebee (Les and Anne Dollin)
 
Austroplebeia Cassiae are fantastic additions to any home garden for pollination, and they don't sting so they are fantastic for children to observe in their Hives through a viewing panel of which all of our Ripley Valley Native Bee Hives are fitted with.
We have recently taken delivery of 2 Austroplebia Cassiae hives in ipswich QLD, We have began trials, and Hive design concepts to hopefully one day provide this species for sale for customers from wide bay  to north QLD
initial findings are that they do very well in our ipswich climate even through winter with little intervention. Ipswich has a similar although a little less humid temperature variation.