Contact us

Tim Heard and the Sugarbag team
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - 473 Montague Rd, West End 4101, Brisbane
Email: tim@sugarbag.net
Phone: 38444914

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About Us

Sugarbag Bees is an innovative company based in Brisbane Australia which provides stingless bee hives, products, services, advice, information and education resources. Our primary activity is breeding and selling stingless bee hives. We also provide a variety of beekeeping products such as hive boxes, mounts and tools. We offer a range of beekeeping services including splitting or extracting honey from your hive, and hive buyback options. We present workshops and seminars on native bees in Queensland and New South Wales. We partner with universities to conduct pure and applied research on bees. We extend professional advice on crop pollination. We love what we do and feel privileged to spend our lives engaged with wonderful little masterpieces of nature. To share this love, we turn out a range of educational resources including The Australian Native Bee Book, a multi award winning and bestselling guide to keeping Australian native stingless bees.


  • Dr. Tim Heard

    Tim is an entomologist and ex-CSIRO research scientist. He has been keeping Australian native stingless bees since 1985, when he transferred his first hive from a cut down tree into a wooden box. He now keeps over 400 hives, obtained through rescuing threatened wild hives and splitting existing hives. Tim continues to develop new hive designs and techniques that allow better splitting and extraction of sugarbag and wax. Tim has been giving seminars and workshops on native bees since 1995. See here for a list of Tim’s bee-related scientific research publications.

    Tim’s favorite Australian stingless bee species is Austroplebeia essingtoni, because their tiny size and beautiful gentle nature.

  • Katina Heard

    Tim's wife Katina worked in grassland ecology and there they met. On travelling with her to visit her family home in Cairns, Tim solved a long-standing mystery: the insects, which had always lived throughout the wall cavities of the house, were in fact native bees (Clypearis). In Brisbane she lives amongst stingless bees more than ever. Katina provides general assistance as part of the team

  • Aislinn Spencer

    Aislinn is a UQ science graduate with ecology and zoology majors, she is both administrative assistant and beekeeper. It is more than likely that she will be your first point of contact with Sugarbag Bees, and the beekeeper that comes to provide your hive services! She has a passion for the natural environment and for travel, music, and wagon wheel biscuits. Aislinn is captivated by the nest-structure of Leafcutter bees (genus Megachile), but enjoys the company of Tetragonula carbonaria most of all.

  • Dr. Tobias Smith

    Toby is an ecologist, who studied his PhD on native bees in tropical rainforests and agricultural landscapes at the University of Queensland. Toby's interest in bees started as a child, watching European honey bee keepers at work. In addition to his work for Sugarbag bees, Toby keeps his own stingless bee hives around SEQ and northern NSW, and is also the director of Bee Aware Brisbane.

    Despite their often tempestuous nature, Toby's favorite stingless bee species is Tetragonula hockingsi, because of their general robustness. His favorite solitary bees are pretty much any of the soil nesting species from the large bee family Halictidae.

  • Ben Heard

    Ben is just plain wonderfully useful. He builds stuff, maintains even more stuff, cares for bees and is generally a friendly helping hand. Ben shows an affinity with australis stingless bees, which are similarly gentle natured.

  • Tony Goodrich

    Tony is one of Australia's most experiences stingless bee keepers, and keeps over 600 hives. Tony and Tim have been sharing bee keeping experience and skills for decades. Tony has been assisting with the teaching stingless bee keeping workshops with Tim since 2012.

  • Claudia Rasche

    Growing up on a farm, Claudia has been exposed to the joy of bees from an early age. Claudia keeps stingless bees professionally and previously worked as an urban honeybee keeper in Brisbane. Tetragonula carbonaria is Claudia's favorite stingless bee species to work with, and she also has a soft spot for Teddy Bear Bees. Sadly for us, Claudia has now moved on to teaching as a career.