Bees

Asian Honey Bee manual

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.

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Bee Biosecurity Video Series

“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

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Bee Disease Diagnosis and Reporting

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.

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Birds and Bees

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

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Warre hives

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.  

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Drone Mating Behaviour

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

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Bee Feeding

“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…

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Wiping out our bees

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  

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Backyard Beekeeping 1958 style.

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

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Swedish treatment helps ward off colony collapse disorder

“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.”

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Keeping Warm in the hive – Heater Bees

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.      

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Value added products from 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

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Relationship between the hive beetle and the honey bee

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  

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Meteorological factors affecting bee defensive behaviour

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  

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Queen Bee Availability

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.  

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