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Bees - native and honey


Bees - native and honey

Until I sold my home and garden recently, I owned two native bee hives of Tetragonula carbonaria and a top bar honey bee hive.

While I'm am so far from expert at bee keeping 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 Christa on September 10, 2019 at 17:24

We are very happy to announce the arrival of new bees to our backyard. We have a new stump out the back, with a brood of Austroplebeia australis.  They came from inland Queensland around Quilpie area.  The little stingless bee that is a touch smaller in length than Tetragonula carbonaria but it is heavier and each bee can live up to 240 days which is the longest of stingless bees. Apparently the honey is sweeter and less acidic.  We don't worry about honey harvest, and leave the bees to their own supply.  They are a slower to move out of the nest and wait till the temp reaches about 20 degrees celcius.   They manage their brood well and keep control of population numbers to food supply.  So that makes our lot - 3 full hives of T. carbonaria and one natural log of A. australis. 

Now we just have to have plenty of nectar plants all year round. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 11, 2019 at 18:40

Sounds Great Christa, so pleased you enjoyed this Event. What a nice way to finish off with Honey and Ice Cream. I still have some of the Honey left from my Native Bee Split and every few days I dip my Finger in and think how lucky are to have these wonderful little workers. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 10, 2019 at 21:10

Thanks Christa. I noticed you've done a wonderful job of sharing some very helpful links here in the group. 

Comment by Christa on March 10, 2019 at 9:07

We attended the talk on Native bees by Tobias Smith at Mitchelton Library.  It was a very informative event.  He talked on all of the Native bees that are in our area and then proceded to split a Tetragonula carbonaria hive and also a T. hockingsii colony.  He gave details of the hives when they were open and the dos ánd dont's and why.  There were so many informative slides of information and research on the stingless bees and other forms of bees.

The hives belonged to Tim Heard who also attended the meet.  The day started at 9am and finished just after 3pm with a tasting of honey and icecream. 

The library premises are surrounded by an organic garden which is maintained by MOGI (Mitchelton Organic group) who were in attendance in the morning, doing maintenance.

It was a worthwhile event and I am happy we attended the day.

Comment by Christa on February 13, 2019 at 12:53

There are quite a few plants that we can grow to help our stingless bees, both social and solitary, on this LINK 

Comment by Christa on January 21, 2019 at 8:59

For those who are unaware and are using these chemicals on or around their garden plants etc.  it can have an effect on our bees wax protection.  We rarely use these products and I have added this LINK

Comment by Christa on October 24, 2018 at 17:53

Yes Lissa, he sells most of his supplies from market stall, and often runs out of stock.  Regular customers help when selling honey.

Sorry Dianne, our nephew scored the honey super but we all had a finger licking session first. Yum.   

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 24, 2018 at 17:07

Congrads Christa, we will have to hire your Nephew to do ours. Please keep me a spoonful of Honey??????

Comment by Lissa on October 24, 2018 at 16:12

Wonderful Christa :) Can't wait until I have my own SNB hive again.

Where does your nephew sell his honey?

I do have a local guy, just off the island, who sells his home grown honey using an honesty box. I would like to think everyone pays for what they take. He's been doing it for some time so I guess the answer to that is "yes".

Comment by Christa on October 24, 2018 at 13:31

We split our native stingless bee hive today.  Our nephew visited us and we took the opportunity to use his beekeeper knowledge to help us.

The hive was full, which was a lovely surprise, the super was full of honey pots.  He has taken the spare to his place and will bring it back after a couple of months.   So soon we will have 3 more hives to keep here at home. 

He mentioned that he has an honesty box out front of his house and it has jars of raw honey which he sells and he is amazed at how many honest people there are who leave their payment in the box.


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