Native Stingless Bees aka Sugar Bag Beescollecting from a Water LillyAustralia has around 12 species of native bees that live in hives and which do not sting! They are small (about 3-5 mm in length), compact, dark-coloured bees. Stingless bees are mainly found in the northern and eastern areas of Australia. Each nest has a queen, drones and thousands of workers. These bees produce sugarbag honey, a highly prized food of Aborigines who gathered it from wild nests. Each hive produces only small amounts of sugarbag, less than 1 kg per year and so it is a special product, to be savoured and relished.