Battles lasting days, hundreds of losses on both sides. The removal of the helpless from the hive and the eventual overthrow of the resident queen. No we aren’t talking about Game of Thrones, we’re talking about the incredible skirmishes and the unusual behaviour of Australia’a native bee species, Tetragonula carbonaria.
By Emma Pyers How do bees in the Amazon jungle compare to those in Tasmania? They get up earlier, for a start. Paulo de Souza and his team have been tracking bees in the two regions using tiny backpack sensors as part of our Swarm Sensing Project to gather biological and ecological data to improve
How much are bees worth to you? Well, did you know they earn an estimated $4-$6B for Australia every year? Another way to look at it is – what price would you place on cashews, almonds, macadamias, strawberries and avocadoes? Among many others, these crops rely on bees for pollination. In fact, around one in