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How long do the Beezwax Wraps last?
The Beezwax Wraps can last up to 12 months depending on how you take care of them. A lot of regular use and washing can bring down the life of the wraps to a few months while careful use will allow you to use the wraps for about a year. Please make sure to wash them with cold, soapy water.
How does the sugar solution help the bees?
Bees can become exhausted when searching for food, particularly in increasingly urban environments or areas of cleared land where flowers are few and far between! This is especially true of native bees which cannot fly as far as European bees in search of food. The sugar solution can help rehydrate and re-energize a distressed bee so they can continue their search for food and important pollination work.
Should I leave out a large container of sugar solution for bees to drink?
No. The bees that discover the sugar solution are likely to go back to the hive and recruit more bees to come to the easy food source which will mean that flowers and crops are not being pollinated and that there will not be quality food for the growing larvae.
Can I just put out honey for bees?
NO NO NO! Honey can carry contagious diseases like American and European foulbrood. While these are completely harmless to humans they can persist even in treated honey for many years. When bees feed this to their larvae this kills them and can decimate entire hives. Leaving out too much honey may also encourage swarming behaviour of bees.
What are the threats to bees?
Bees are in trouble world wide. Overseas, many apiarists struggle with colony collapse and the dreaded verona mite, all the more reason to protect our precious Australian bees! Insecticides used in broadscale farming and ongoing land clearing have put pressure on both native bees and European Honey Bees as they struggle to find appropriate food and shelter
What about native Australian bees?!?
In addition to the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) you may be familiar with; Australia is home to over 1700 species of native bees. The majority of these bees are generalists and can make use of introduced and native plants. For example, Blue Banded Bees (Amegilla spp.) are often seen visiting lavender and salvia species and are excellent pollinators of tomato plants! Since native bees do not travel as far as honey bees to find food, they may be more prone to habitat changes and in greater need of assistance from YOU to fight exhaustion and provide flowers.
What else can I do to help the bees?
In addition to rescuing bees in need and providing nectar filled flowers there is even more you can do to help our fuzzy friends!
Try leaving out trays of damp sand or a dish of shallow water filled with marbles during summer to help bees stay hydrated without risk of drowning.
Leave untreated dead wood (logs/sticks) in garden for bees to burrow into or construct a bee hotel.
Learn about bees in your area (https://www.aussiebee.com.au/beesinyourarea.html).
Remember biodiversity is important and tiny things need our help!
What kind of flower seeds do you sell?
This season we are selling Poppies and Lavender. Please notify us if you wish to order a specific variety. Every order will come with care instructions
How much is shipping?
Australia: Flat rate of $7 and free shipping when you spend over $70.
International: Flat rate of $15.
How long will my order take to arrive?
Australia: 4-8 days once the order has been dispatched.
International: 6-15 days once the order has been dispatched