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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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SNB hives available - Brighton (Greg)

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My native bees are sleeping rough!

Started by Gwenneth Lippiatt. Last reply by Lissa Dec 18, 2016. 2 Replies

African Tulip Tree - Bee Killer

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Native Bees - Austroplebeia australis

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Started by Christa. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Oct 22, 2016. 8 Replies

Bee Expo 2016 - Photos

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Native Bees at The Ekka

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new SNB hive supplier in Brisbane

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Lissa Jul 20, 2016. 5 Replies

Small hive beetle - how do you deal with yours?

Started by Roger Clark. Last reply by Roger Clark Jun 4, 2016. 4 Replies

Neonicotinoids in Australia

Started by Lissa. Last reply by Rob Collings Jun 2, 2016. 1 Reply

Fake Honey

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Comment by Christa on November 5, 2016 at 8:32

Thanks everyone, It seems strange that on the same day as selling us one of his hives that he told Ian to wait a couple of months and then place the super and separator on top.  Maybe it is our mistake and he meant to split the new hive as it appeared to be full when we opened it. He actually gave us two separators, so it looks like we were meant to split the hive.  I thought it unusual to buy a hive and split it soon after. 

My concern is if we have done any damage and should we leave it as is or split the hive now.   Today is supposed to be a hot one so here;s hoping they are OK.   I actually get a bit worried about the little blighters. 

Comment by Lissa on November 5, 2016 at 6:08

Christa's message was sent out direct to all the members of this group. I have just posted it here under Comments so people can respond.

Comment by Susanne on November 4, 2016 at 8:38
Hi Crista , I wondered what happened to your comment yesterday,
The honey super does go on top. Usually it makes the third box.
There is the base brood box with the landing board then the second brood box then a loose board with the four circular holes towards the corners then the honey box with the fixed bottom board that is similar to the loose board. Then the roof on top.
I have zabels boxes too.
Comment by Lissa on November 4, 2016 at 4:12
Comment by Christa on October 24, 2016 at 9:31

That link has good info, Dianne, thanks for looking.  There are a few more plants on my wish list.  My aim is to feed native bees and also solitary bees. As honeybees have a much greater flying radius in area, it must be easier for them to source their food.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 24, 2016 at 6:57

I found this article whilst looking for info on Bee Food, I know it says Melbourne but the plants and flowers they mention grow almost anywhere. -

Comment by Lissa on October 24, 2016 at 5:15

My Top Bar honey hive is for sale folks. Anyone interested please PM me. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 23, 2016 at 18:45

I have very happy Native Bees at the moment, the Rocket is flowering like there is no tomorrow. I was going to cut it back but there were so many bees enjoying themselves in amongst it as well as with the Alyssum, Lobelia and Broccoli Flowers.

Comment by Susanne on October 23, 2016 at 18:10
I never heard it put like that before, thanks Elaine.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 23, 2016 at 11:14

The greens which are Lettuce-related are daisy family and are wind-pollinated without any nectar so not attractive to any kind of bee. The greens which are Cabbage-related (rocket, broccoli, asian greens e.g.) will flower with those lovely yellow flowers much loved by the ANBees.


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