An interesting approach from a member to help the bees over winter. (July 2019) Obviously not for everyone but in really cold climates ……… First thoughts are that the insulation properties afforded by the Styrofoam covers would be more like a hollow in a tree. Pests between the cover and the hive could be an
We have all seen small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) scurry away from the frame tops and move down into the darker regions when opening a Langstroth bee hive. It is generally assumed that they are moving away from the introduced sunlight. This report discusses the experimental results of various attempts at red light control of
A club member has documented the process of extracting honey from a flow hive. Some of the pitfalls are addressed including an excellent step by step breakdown of the complete process including the use of a novel multiple frame extraction rig to speed things up.
This is an article by a club member relating to internal Langstroth hive temperatures made over various summer and winter periods in 2016. It also includes notes and comments related to hive ventilation and humidity. Included are a number of graphs of the measured temperature variations. The PDF article can be found in the “links
One of our members constructed this Australian native solitary bee house suitable for any backyard.
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.
“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…
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
I set up a small experiment to get a handle on exactly how much effect the colour of a hive body and cover has on the heat transfer (by sunlight) to the inside of the hive. The following are my observations so far. I need to make more measurements before reaching any conclusions but I