Big thank you to Bob and Barbara for making us so welcome at their home for a truly wonderful morning of viewing and learning about native stingless and native solitary bees at their property at Highvale, just outside Samford.
Below: Bob chatting with Craig (holding cutey Piper), Glenyth and Dan.....
...and here's what they are pointing at. A couple of the 150 odd hives Bob has on his 1 acre property at Highvale.
Below is one of Bob's Resin bee (solitary) nesting sites (also known as an Insect Hotel). He has little seperators between each layer for viewing and also for ease of cleaning when the current lot hatch and move out.
Back to business. Bob decks out in his bee protection suit. He tells us he has to make a visit to the doctor to remove bees if he forgets to wear his hearing aids! These bees don't sting but he swears they pull his hair.
...all finished. Two hives out of one. Bob does stress that this is not the normal time of year to do this job coming into the cold. He artificially feeds his bees as he has so many in a relatively small space so will make sure these bees get all the feed they need to create strong new hives.
Excellent photos Lissa, thank you ... looks like all the native bee enthusiasts had a great time and learned a lot.
Sorry I missed it. It was my only day off this weekend - cheese to make, things to do...
Great pics Lissa. It looked like a great day. Pity I couldn't make it. Next time though.
Thanks Kathryn. I will try to do another visit to Bob's next year depending on his agreeing. He almost cancelled at the last minute on this one due to the weather.