Australian Pollinator Week
November 8th-15th 2020
Native stingless bee. Photo courtesy of Mark Berkery.
Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during our southern spring (November). It is a designated week when community, business and organisations can come together to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs.
COVID-19 and Australian Pollinator Week
Due to the social distancing requirements in place due to COVID19, all Australian Pollinator Week event listings must be compliant with the current local restrictions and health recommendations.
We are encouraging Australian Pollinator Week Events to be online or virtual events wherever possible.
Let’s celebrate together, raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and supporting their needs.
Australian Pollinator Week Song
Michael Fine has written a great theme song especially for Australian Pollinator Week. With thanks to talented photographers we have launched it for the lead up to the Australian Pollinator week 2020.
Green Carpenter Bee Conservation project.
The Green Carpenter Bee is a large iconic native bee species. It is beautiful jewel green in colour, and is friendly and harmless. The species is extinct on mainland South Australia and Victoria but still exists on Kangaroo Island. The species relies on soft wood to make its nests. However, extensive and repeated bush fires in conservation areas on Kangaroo Island have removed a large proportion of these soft wood nest materials thereby severely threatening the bee’s existence.
Photo by Dr Remko Leijs.
The cartoon character Rita was created for Australian Pollinator Week, with the aim of capturing the hearts and minds of all lovers of insect pollinators, especially bees. Because, every great cause needs a mascot!
Rita the ‘reed bee’ is indigenous to Australia and could be any one of the 80 or so bee species within the genus Exoneura.
She is not a social bee, like honey bees and stingless bees, she is a semi-social (allodapine) bee who progressively feeds her young in a small, open brood chamber.
Rita doesn’t make honey, but she is a very important pollinator because she carries dry pollen in special (scopal) hairs, on her back legs. She only collects enough nectar and pollen to feed a few offspring at a time. Her babies are bee grubs.
Rita nests in the dead stems of both native and exotic plants. She can excavate the pithy centre of weedy plants such as Lantana, Blackberry and Raspberry, or simply nest in the hollows of reeds or rushes.
Meet mascot, Rita the Reed Bee.
No leg shaving for this little girl, as she needs those hairy legs to carry pollen back to her nest to feed her babies.
All information and content was sourced from www.australianpollinatorweek.org.au/