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Bees bounce back after Australia’s black summer: ‘Any life is good life’ | Bees


You could say that Adrian Iodice is something of a stickybeak neighbour. On Iodice’s once-lush bushland property, nestled within the Bega Valley of New South Wales, there stands a majestic rough-barked apple tree that the beekeeper used to, every now and then, jam his head into.

In the hollow of the trunk lived a flourishing wild colony of European honeybees that Iodice had been keeping an eye on for years. “I’d have a chat with them,” he laughs. “Stick my head in and see how they’re getting on in life. They were very gentle bees; they never had a go at me.”

In the wake of the black summer bushfires of 2019-20 that torched his land and home, Iodice’s thoughts turned to the abode of his insect neighbours. “So I went over…



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