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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 April 16, 2015 at 15:36

Thank you for the Wild Pollinator site link Susanne. I've added a link for their insect identification to the Websites and Information page.

Comment by Lissa on March 20, 2015 at 8:48

Try getting in contact with the bee people on your side of town. If you hear of any workshops on the southside try to list them (or give me a link and I'm happy to do it) for others to attend. Most of the sessions seem to be on the northside for some reason.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 20, 2015 at 8:33

Good info Lissa, but my problem is that most are a long way from me and as Graham still works it makes it hard, but I will keep looking for one closer to me.

Comment by Lissa on March 20, 2015 at 6:38

There are some good workshops coming on bee keeping, both native and honey. Check the Events listings for more information.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 19, 2015 at 11:23

Thanks so much for the info girls....

Comment by Susanne on March 19, 2015 at 9:35
It is too late for me to split a hive, would advise waiting till spring.
Perhaps weather permitting your garden visit in August might be ok.
I hope to be at that one and could help then.

Checkout the Zabel site and join the mailing list and he will send an email when it is time to split and when you should stop. Also you can take your hive to him and he will split it for a fee.

Checkout Tim Heards site He splits hives most seasons.
Comment by Elaine coolowl on March 19, 2015 at 7:29

For starters, join the Australian Native Bee email list on Yahoo. The archives are a pain to access but there is a huge amount of talk about various methods of hive splitting.

Join the list and ask for anyone experienced in your area - native stingless beekeepers are everywhere.

The one thing I would recommend right now is not to do anything. We are coming into winter, blossom will be scarce. They are less likely to swarm naturally at this time of year anyway.

Also, do you have John Klumpp's book? Available online.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 19, 2015 at 6:19

Can a member of BLF please help us. We are new to Native Bee Keeping hive splitting. We have had the new home/hive here for our Native Bees to be split for over 6 months. But each week goes by and it is still not done. The truth is we are scared to do it. I am sure we could do it ourselves once shown. We have somewhere to take our hive for a little holiday once it done. It could be done at our place before or after the March GV if the person interested in doing it is coming. Otherwise we could offer a small fee, lunch a beer etc. etc. PLEASE can you help.. 

Comment by Elaine coolowl on March 14, 2015 at 10:03

Honey does indeed theoretically keep forever. There has been good honey discovered in thousands of years old tombs so I read; as indeed are wheat grains still viable from similar places.

Storage conditions have a great deal to do with it especially for seeds: dryness and coolness help a lot.

With honey, if it is just raw and filtered (not heat treated or adulterated) it should keep forever.

Honey candies mainly with temperature - coldness induces clumping of the sugar crystals. Although growers do make 'candied honey' to sell to customers who like it and I guess that they add something or just whip it. Otherwise once it warms up again the candiness is lost.

You can un-candy honey by placing the jar into quite warm water, don't get water near the honey, it's the heat that does it. When it gets cold again e.g. winter, it will re-candy.

That's why you don't usually store honey in the 'fridge. But if you prefer candied honey, keep it in the 'fridge.

If you are keen on honey bees Janet (separate from Australian native stingless bees) then if there is an Amateur Beekeepers club near you, go along to their meetings. And go to any field days the suppliers of beekeeping equipment may put on.

Australian native stingless bees have a Yahoo email Group which is very helpful as are the associated websites.

Comment by Lissa on March 14, 2015 at 6:22

As far as I know honey keeps forever. It will go candied under certain circumstances but is still good to eat that way, or can be heated to reduce it to it's original runny state. Does not need refrigeration. The reasons for this are unknown to me personally - I would guess it has something to do with it's anti-bacterial properties.

Best to join an actual bee keeping group and attend regular meetings as there is a lot of little tricks to learn which only speaking to people will answer.


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