Amateur beekeepers, because we can keep a close watch on all our hives, could be the first to spot a varroa incursion. And that could mean the difference between Australia being able to act quickly and eliminate the deadly pests, or racing to try to contain them when they have already spread through the bee
A copy of the Qld Dept of Agriculture “Asian Honey Bee manual” is available as a pdf. It may help with the identification and for general knowledge about The Asian Honey Bee.
“The Bee Biosecurity Video Series was produced to let you know how you can help and the ways in which government, research organisations, plant industries, private companies and organisations with an interest in honey bees are all contributing to preparing for an incursion of varroa.” “The series of 12 videos covers a broad range of topics including honey
I know there will be other views that will dispute this theory on how the bees manage to build their near perfect hexagonal cells – but food for thought. Always remember the Occums Razor principle.. Bee cells
These links to the NSW DPI (Australia) website have been added to the sites “Links and Documents” page which will help lead you in the right direction if you suspect or know you have a problem with your hive, especially American Foulbrood diagnosis and reporting. Also included are beekeeper registration requirements.
This ought to generate some thought among beekeepers…. An article, following on from a 2003 ABC-TV’s Catalyst series by Jonica Newby, highlights: “Honey bees are not so sweet when they escape into the Australian bush. European honey bees are not native to Australia but they play a very important economic role, not just as producers
For more information, please follow this link.
A section has been added to the “Links and Documents” page of this site about contacts and the wealth of information available from the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Following some interest in Warre hives lately, I have added some information that may be interest in the “Links and Documents” page of this site.
An interesting article in “the Australian Beekeeper” concerning drone behaviour. Excerpt .. “Today we know that mature honeybee drones engage in mating flights, when they gather by the thousands in specific “drone congregation areas” (DCAs) that virgin queens visit to get mated. DCAs are formed irrespective of the presence of a queen, at selected sites
“The supply of white sugar (sucrose) to honey bee colonies can be a valuable management tool for beekeepers. It is used to supplement a shortage of stored honey to prevent starvation of the colony, or to stimulate a colony to artificially promote breeding.” This from an article published in “The Australian Beekeeper” by Doug Somerville…
The following link to the article in the “Australian Beekeeper” publication talks about “Neonicotinoids in Australia” (Jeffery Gibbs). It is well worth a read for anyone concerned about these widely used chemicals and their effect on bees and flow on effects. Be concerned – be very concerned.. Neonicotinoids in Australia
A copy of a 1958 article written by Colonel Pulling of the “Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW Colonel Pulling Competition” fame was recently found by one of our members and is reproduced here in PDF format for all those interested. It can be found in the “Links and Documents” section of this site for viewing
“A natural product combining pollen and lactic acid may help boost the defense of bees against colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has led to the destruction of 10 million beehives internationally in the last six years…… The researchers who developed the product, in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Karolinska Institutet, have studied the way lactic acid bacteria can fight bacterial infections in both bees and humans, with the results published in scientific journal PLOS ONE.”
This very interesting short video appeared on the internet but has since gone. It gives a different perspective regarding how bees manage to keep the brood warm in cold conditions. (ps.. I hope the author would not mind – it is intended here for non profit club for those interested in beekeeping.
Click on the following link to view what I considered an excellent introductory beekeeping article. Some of it of course may not be relevant to common Australian practice but is nevertheless an interesting overview. Small Scale Beekeeping
A very interesting in depth article in pdf format. Worth a read ! To quote from the article: “The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute and make available information on the manufacturing, processing and marketing of value added bee products. It is directed at beekeepers as well as non- beekeepers, small entrepreneurs, extension officers
A interesting article submitted by Gary Duckett discussing “that in the parasitic relationship between the European honey bee and the small hive beetle, Aethina tumida, the honey bee’s alarm pheromones serve a negative function because they are potent attractants for the beetle”. SHB and the Honey Bee
The attached article was sent in by a viewer (Gary Duckett). Although not recent, It is an interesting publication that sort of flies in the face of the so called generally accepted knowledge of bee defensive behaviour including several meteorological factors and one of “comb coverage”. effect of meteorological conditions on the behaviour of bees
For those looking for Queen Bees in the Hunter Valley Area :- John Banfield: Redhead 0249448071, 0402337968 Col Wilson: Kurri 0249 304950 Greg Mulder: Laguna 0249 988 565 They will all post queens to you so distance shouldn’t matter.