Photographer's Note

Sourced from the Italian province of Liguria, the Ligurian Bee was introduced to Kangaroo Island in 1884. Declared a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary in 1885, Kangaroo Island remains home to the purest strain of bee in the world. Highly productive, Ligurian bees supply a very high quality honey, mostly exported interstate and overseas, notably to Singapore and Japan.

Kangaroo Island's geographic isolation from mainland Australia has also enabled the Island to remain free of several bee diseases present on mainland Australia. To maintain this protection all honey, pollen, used beekeeping tools and equipment are prohibited from being brought to the Island.

Ligurian bees are renowned for their gentle nature and productivity. These characteristics, and the purity of the strain, make them a valuable genetic pool for breeding purposes. They also assisted me in being able to get nice and close to photograph the bees without getting stung!

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