Bee Detectives

AU$ 24.95

Vanessa Ryan-Rendall and Brenna Quinlan

Join these budding Bee Detectives as they explore the wonders of Australia’s native bees.

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.



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!

Product details

Published April 2021
Published by CSIRO
Hardback, 32 pages, full colour illustrations throughout.
ISBN: 9781486313396


Vanessa Ryan-Rendell 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.

About the Artist

Brenna Quinlan

Brenna spent four years living at Melliodora, the permaculture demonstration site founded by David Holmgren and Su Dennett in Central Victoria. She is currently building a strawbale house and planting her own garden at a permaculture community in the Great Southern, WA. Brenna has worked as an illustrator for several organisations including the Bob Brown Foundation, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. She is also part of the Grow Do It permaculture teaching team, and regularly collaborates with Milkwood Permaculture and Melliodora Publishing on various projects and publications. Support Brenna on Patreon and gain access to digital downloads of her work, as well as behind the scenes footage. Sign up to her newsletter here, and follow her on Instagram.

Additional information

Weight .34 kg
Dimensions 290 × 227 × 8 mm

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