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Bees - native and honey


Bees - native and honey

I own two native bee hives myself of Tetragonula carbonaria and a (as at Sept 2013) top bar honey bee hive, and while I'm am so far from expert it's not funny I do love to learn more about bees and the benefits they provide us.

When I was a child at primary school we had our own honey-bee hive and the local bee keeper would come by regularly and we would all gather around while he showed us how to look after them and gather the honey.

We have members on BLF who are very into bees, both native and honey and I hope they will share their knowledge here. I got a little frustrated trying to find past postings so thought one spot for it all would be better.

I find a lot of articles about bees and will post them here, nice and tidy in one spot, making them easier to find.


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Comment by Lissa on April 6, 2016 at 5:09

Petition signed.

The gentleman making the SNB boxes looks like Gepetto! Good price but they are a basic box without any insulation for our Brisbane summer. You would need to provide this yourself.

Comment by Susanne on April 5, 2016 at 22:52
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Comment by Phil on February 20, 2016 at 8:06

Sign of the times I'm afraid. Companies/corporations have the right in law to protect their profits/business by suing individuals/other businesses despite the ethicalness of it. This was highlighted recently with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) where big business can potentially sue governments for loss of profits where they are just trying to protect their citizens - see here for Getup's video take on this.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 19, 2016 at 21:25

Wow - since when is a little debate a bad thing?  I think I just slapped a ban capilano honey.  Not in my house thanks!!!!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 19, 2016 at 20:41

My heart goes out to Simon Mulvany. I do hope everything goes well for him on Tuesday.

Comment by Dave Riley on February 19, 2016 at 19:48

I am not a beekeeper but,....


I’m holding a summons to appear at the Supreme Court of NSW next Tuesday 23/2 . I was served with the ‪#‎summons‬ ‪#‎affidavit‬ and over 300 pages of ‪#‎exhibits‬ three days ago.

I, Simon Mulvany, am being sued for injurious falsehood and defamation by Capilano Honey Limited and its CEO Ben McKee. 
The legal proceedings issued against me personally are stressful , unnecessary, overwhelming and confusing. 
I make no money from @savethebeesaustralia. The page's followers and I marvel at an insect that through unity manages to keep us alive. If you follow my posts you will realise that I express opinions via @savethbeesAustralia that are in the public interest. The bee community and other environmentally conscious followers from the general community respond in the comments and the result is often an online forum where these issues are debated. The input comes from like minded people who share my concerns about bee welfare. Many are stakeholders in the industry, commercial beekeepers who care for bees, are worried about disease like ‪#‎foulbrood‬.
Others are just consumers who want the benefits of ‪#‎local‬ raw nutritious honey. 

Comment by Lissa on November 3, 2015 at 5:50

You and the school are very lucky indeed Dave. Good people to donate like that.

Comment by Dave Riley on November 2, 2015 at 13:05

A Native Stingless --Tetragonula carbonaria  -- hive has been located and erected at the primary school today: donated from the community. Fortunately the pair who gave us the bees knows their onions...and the task now is to skill up the management among the staff, volunteers and children.

Fortunately our school garden  gets visited by natives so we know it is pollen  and distance kosher.

I gather than the shift is a major task in itself --so it was so opportune -- not only to get the hive for free, but to have someone local supplying and on hand with apiary skills.

So we're away ...

And I get a free apprenticeship.

Comment by Lissa on October 26, 2015 at 5:19

My five year old grandson had his first bee sting yesterday. We were lying on a blanket on the grass a bit of distance behind the hive - one must have landed on his neck, he moved, it stung.

Never heard a kid scream so long or so loud. I had to pin him down to remove the sting as he was jumping all over the place, poor kid.

The tears and screams lasted for half an hour - allergy spray, chewed up Plantain, frozen peas were used - the best remedy turned out to be a banana smoothy when Mum came home.


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