The easily identified spiral brood patterns of a healthy carbonaria native stingless hive.
The easily identified spiral brood patterns of a healthy carbonaria native stingless hive. Glenbo Craig

Native hive deaths being investigated

KANDANGA was the focal point for south-east Queensland's emerging native bee industry on Sunday, as hive owners investigated hive deaths linked to recent extreme heat.

About 80 professional and amateur beekeepers gathered at Kandanga Hall, but organiser Glenbo Craig said internet interest was also running high, with a large number of email inquiries.

Mr Craig said the meeting had brought together professional and amateur keepers of native stingless bees, many of whom had suffered hive losses in recent heat wave conditions.

"It was colossal and the key was the exchange of information," he said.

"We had some from Brisbane, some from Bundaberg and so many emails."

Participants had discussed a range of suggestions, including hive designs incorporating shade and insulation.

He said the emergence of native stingless bees as a boutique industry had boosted demand for hives and made them harder and more expensive to replace.

More detailed information would be available on Monday via the Valley Bees link on the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee website, he said.