About this course

Want to know more about sugar bag bees? This single-day course takes you into the fascinating world of the two genera of Australian native stingless bees. So if you want to know more about your Tetragonula and your Austroplebeia, this is the course for you!

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • the biology of bees
  • propagating native stingless bees
  • using stingless bees for pollination and production of sugar bag honey
  • sustainable extraction of sugar bag honey.

At a glance:

Location: Paterson campus
Course duration: 1 day
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: Non-accredited
Indicative fees: $180 GST incl.


  • Biology of native bees
  • Uses of stingless bees
  • Managing and propagating stingless bees
  • Sustainable extraction of sugar bag honey

The cost of this course is $180 GST incl.

It is a workshop delivered solely by Dr Tobias Smith who is a native bee researcher, the founder of Bee Aware Brisbane, and a native stingless bee keeper (he also works with Dr Tim Heard, who is an ex CSIRO entomologist and long term stingless bee keeper with over 300 hives).

The course involves a mix of theory and practical (including sugar bag honey tasting).

There are no entry requirements.

This course is a non-accredited course.

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