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.
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.
We know how to save this bee – but we need your support to do it!
All donations to the ‘Rita Fund’ specifically direct your donation towards Australian native bee research.
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 doesn’t make honey, but she is a very important pollinator.
Find out more about Rita and why she’s so important to us. Plus there are fun activities for the kids to explore and learn.