Bee Detectives

July 2021
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    12th July 2021
  • ISBN 9781486313396
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 11" x 8.5"
  • Images color illustrations throughout

When Olivia and Hamish see a smoky haze coming from their local park, they're ready to spring into action! But it's not a fire – it's a nest of Australian stingless bees that needs their help.

Join Olivia and Hamish as they learn about the bees in our backyards. From Blue-banded and Teddy Bear to Carpenter and Leaf-cutter bees, our two budding Bee Detectives discover how our native bees live, what they like to eat and the important work they do to pollinate plants.

Explore the wonders of Australia's native bees – and be inspired to become a Bee Detective, too. It's a real buzz!


  • This fun story introduces kids to different types of Australian native bees and gives fascinating facts about how they live
  • Aspiring Bee Detectives can learn how to help native bees and attract them to your backyard
  • Features detailed illustrations to help kids identify native bees they might find

Vanessa Ryan-Rendall

Vanessa Ryan-Rendall is an experienced primary school teacher, gifted education consultant and librarian. She has a keen interest in engaging students in literature while learning more about the natural world, and loves helping children build skills in investigating, problem-solving and creative thinking.

Brenna Quinlan

Brenna Quinlan is an illustrator and educator who strives to make the world a better place through her art and her actions. She lives at Australia’s most well-known permaculture demonstration site, Melliodora, where she grows food, milks goats, builds soil and engages with the community.

bees; children’s book; picture book; conservation; habitat protection; pollination; native bees