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Bees - native and honey

I own a native bee hive myself, Tetragonula carbonaria and a new (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 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.

Comment by Lissa on September 18, 2015 at 5:43

Zabels have native hives for sale and agistment at the moment.

See HERE for full details.

Comment by Lissa on August 12, 2015 at 16:07

We're having a native bee hive split at my place on Sunday 23rd August at 11am if anyone wants to come. RSVP HERE

Will also organise a delivery of composted horse manure on the day if enough people want some. Please let me know.

Comment by Elaine coolowl on July 31, 2015 at 5:19

There was an earthquake centred off Fraser Island a day or two ago. Could it have been that which knocked over the hive?

Comment by Lissa on July 31, 2015 at 5:10

That's a shock :( and as you say, quite a puzzle as the hive would be heavy. Native or honey?

I would have to think the bees would take it all in their stride and fix up anything broken by themselves + reconfigure. Stuff happens in nature and it's in the bees nature to just keep on keeping on.

Comment by Stevo on July 30, 2015 at 7:11

I got home last night to find one of my bee hives knocked over and facing front down. I think it may have been like that for the whole day. I'm not sure how it happened as it'd take a fair bit of weight or movement to knock it over. The only thing I can think of is that one of Andrews possums jumped on it from the tree and knocked it over. I'm a bit concerned about how the bees will handle it. If they were on their side for a whole day, they may start reconfiguring their structures inside, and then I come along and put it back up right, and they throw their legs up in the air and say .. "oh great, put everything back the way it was". ... and I'm at work during the day so I can't check to see how they're operating! ohwell.. will check on the weekend.

Comment by Lissa on July 25, 2015 at 6:28

Someone might be willing to agist at the school rather than donate.

Comment by Lissa on July 25, 2015 at 6:27

Dave - check out the resource top right under Pages - Websites and Information. You will need to do some research (unless someone here just comes up with the information for you).

Try Bob Luttrell (Bob the Bee Man) first, he might be able to help out. Then there's always the more high profile Tim Heard at Sugarbag.


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