Products

Sugarbag bees produces and sells a range of stingless bee keeping products including a hive stocked with bees, empty hive boxes, roofs and mounts for hives, tools, propolis, and honey. See below for a description of these products.
Hive Stocked With Bees
$550.00
Current wait time for stocked hives: ~6 months - sorry! Want to keep your own stingless bees? You can start by finding your own nest and transferring it to a box. Or you can take an easy path and buy your first hive.  Pricing We sell Honey OATH hives stocked...
The Australian Native Bee Book
$35.00
The Australian Native Bee Book describes native bees generally and provides a complete guide to keeping stingless bees. It is richly illustrated with over 500 photos, drawings and charts to increase accessibility and aid learning. It is written by an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these...

Empty Bee Hives

We sell empty hive boxes in four designs: Standard OATH (Original Australian Trigona hive) with observation roof, Honey OATH, Mini OATH, and Mini Honey OATH. 

All hive boxes are professionally made, built of 25 mm thick hoop pine, nailed and glued, and painted (three coats). They are guaranteed to fit together precisely (important for sealing out natural enemies and climatic extremes), and to last for many years. The bottom of the mid section (where you split a hive) has built-in bars to prevent slumping after a split and to allow a clean split. The sections are held together with plastic strapping. The hives have short metal feet and a second hole for ventilation. Strapping is included in the price.

These products are available for collection from 473 Montague Rd, West End. For delivery, add about $25 for P&H.

$175.00
Honey OATH Hive
This is our most common hive and the one we recommend for most purposes.  Compared with a standard OATH, the honey OATH has an extra compartment on top, called a honey super which allows you to remove honey with minimal disruption to the nest. Honey OATHs are also just as...
$165.00
Mini OATH design
The mini OATH suits species with naturally smaller nests such as australis, clypearis, mellipes, etc... Like the normal size OATHs, the Mini OATHs come in both a two section standard with observation window and a three section honey version.  The shorter and flatter size reduces the volume. The internal volume...
$150.00
Farm OATH hive
Our Farm OATH hives are designed for a tough working life on farms, so are well insulated, durable, termite and weather proof, light weight and compact. They are made of 24 mm thick foamed PVC sheet walls. Internal condensation is managed by a 50 mm hole drilled in the bottom...
$195.00
Hardwood honey OATH hive
Professionally built of a mix of local hardwood timber, untreated and unpainted, 25 mm thick. Multipurpose OATH design hive box made of three sections, for both propagation and honey extraction. Weigh 9 kg empty, double that of an equivalent pine box. Include split bars and clear plastic brood excluder. Metal...
$300.00
Vertical Observation Hive
​Vertical Observation Hive has two parallel clear acrylic side walls give you a great view of all parts of the colony. Hive sold empty, needs to be stocked with bees. Available for delivery or collection from 473 Montague Rd, West End. Go to Check Out to make your selection. 
$250.00
Trap hive
​We try to keep a small stock of trap hives for customers wishing to trap an invading swarm. Read about fighting swarms HERE. Read how to trap a fighting swarm HERE. Trap hives work best if they have plenty of hive smell and propolis structures. We create them by budding an empty recycled standard...
$200.00
Western Red Cedar honey OATH hive
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: Awaiting stock, new orders will be fulfilled in September A premium hive for Australian native stingless bees. Made of Western Red Cedar, 25 mm thick, this hive is a softwood so an excellent insulator though, unlike most softwoods, it is also very durable in exterior conditions. The end grain...

Hive Accessories

$15.00
Metal Roof
Just like a wooden house, a wooden hive exposed to the elements needs a protective roof. We sell an effective metal roof that extends over the front and back of the hive. It grips onto the hive by its own tension.  We also have coloured roofs available. Please email us...
$50.00
Hive Shelf
Shelf to mount your hive on a wall or post. Comes in 3 variations. The painted plywood unit has a back plate and side braces ($50). The metal units come in two variations, one for the hive to sit perpendicular to the wall and the other parallel (both $60 each)....
$60.00
Metal Stand
Our welded and galvanized hive stand makes a durable hive stand. Available in two sizes: 300mm and 600mm tall. ​Drive the stand into the ground with a mallet or place on a flat surface. Place the hive on top. Fasten the hive and roof to the base using the metal strap. Available...
$100.00
Hive security cage
Use a sturdy metal cage in positions where security is a concern. The cage includes a door able to be padlocked (screws and padlocks not included). You can attach a roof over the top of the cage to protect your hive (roof not included). Silver metal or burgundy depending on stock...
$50.00
Bed of Nails
This tool, which resembles a miniature bed of nails, is used to pierce the honey pots to extract honey. The price of a bed of nails is $50. Available for delivery or collection from 473 Montague Rd, West End. Go to Check Out to make your selection
$10.00
Hive Tool
The American hive tool is ideal for separating hive sections and scrapping propolis.  Available for delivery or collection from 473 Montague Rd, West End. Go to Check Out to make your selection
$7.00
Propolis
 Propolis from stingless bees is the authentic didgeridoo mouthpiece.  What is it?  Propolis is the nest-building material of Australian native stingless bees. Indigenous Australian's collected it from nests and used it for all kinds of traditional purposes, including didgeridoo mouthpieces. We use propolis in beekeeping to form rings around the...
$75.00
Honey extraction kit
This kit is all you need to start extraction honey from your Honey OATH. It includes a hive tool, bed of nails, box for collecting the draining honey, a 500 ml PET container and new straps and buckles for securing the hive closed after opening. Available for delivery or collection...
$60.00
Picket hive mount
This unit allows you to easily mount your OATH hive on top of a steel picket (Y / star picket). The mount can be tightened onto the picket and the hive screwed or strapped to the mount. Hot dip galvanized for long life. Also available in a H-shape version made...
$475.00
Hive communal shelter
This communal shelter holds 12 hives on two shelves protected by a sheet metal roof. it is sold in a flat un-assembled form. it is easily transported and assembled on location. The legs are 4 Y-pickets driven into the ground and the shelves and roof sections secured by tightening the...
$15.00
Native Stingless Bee signage
​Want to shout the praises of native stingless bees to the world? We have a variety of simple signage available. Ideal for public spaces, schools and centres to provide basic education and awareness of our native stingless bees. Corflute, two sizes - $15 for small or $25 for large 
$3.00
Closure
This hive entrance closure allows ventilation during periods of hive closure. Fits snugly into 13mm hole. If you are buying a hive stocked with bees, your hive will come with a closure (to keep the bees inside!)
$15.00
Mini Em-lock
A strong and durable galvanized steel locking system, easy to open and close. Compatible with many hive setups, particularly metal stands. Use to secure your hive to a stand where stability could be an issue.
Honey (140g Jar)
$40.00
Current batch was extracted in spring 2020 from hives of hockingsi in Westlake Qld. Available only in 140g jars. Sugarbag is honey made by Australian native stingless bees. Normal honey is made by honey bees introduced from Europe. Both types of honey are a natural sweet substance originating from the...