Follow the Honey – KM047

Libsyn_PlayerCover_47_wpHi this is Episode forty seven of our beekeeping podcast, This week we are talking about Following the Honey, Wasps and Stickers to Save the bees? You can listen to the show by clicking play above or download the file HERE.

Welcome To the kiwimana buzz, A show where we talk about Beekeeping, gardening and life.

Hi, it’s Gary and Margaret here, We are beekeepers from the hills of the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland, New Zealand. Our podcasts are about beekeeping, Gardening and bit of politics about environmental issues. We also have been known to go off on tangents about other issues.

What’s happening at Kiwimana



  • New Beekeeping suits have arrived, Ventilated and Childrens
  • Margaret’s has a new microphone
  • Busy today making Robbing Screens for wasps


  • Busy inspecting hives for customers and getting stuck in driveways
  • Treating hives for customers and kiwimana
  • Thanks for everyone that has supported us over the season


Do you use Instagram? We have started using it. Its a great tool to share photos with your your friends. We post beekeeping photos of when we are out and about or at home. Check us out here:- kiwimana Instagram Page

Blog Recap


  1. How to Clean Beeswax
  2. How To Make Seed Bombs – Joanna Hughes
  3. Beekeeper Linda – We chat with Linda Tillman

News Topics

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 12.43.58A great article from Matt from the Beekeeper UK blog. Matt writes:-
“I have seen a lot of Beekeeping signs and made a few myself, especially for when I am catching a swarm in a public. First up, Beekeeper Parking sign, speaks for itself.”
Here is Matts Article: Beekeeping Signs

How to Spray (If You Must)

Photo courtesy of Mistress Beek
Photo courtesy of Mistress Beek

A great graphic from Mistress Beek to share with your friends and family.

Mistress Beeks writes:- Spring is here! For many gardeners, this means spraying clouds of herbicides and pesticides that can kill or weaken neighborhood bees. Fancy a cool drink of Round-up, anyone?
How to Spray (If You Must)

Follow The Honey ReportA new report, released this week by author Michele Simon and Friends of the Earth documents the tactics used by Bayer and other pesticide companies to delay regulatory action on neonicotinoid pesticides –a key contributor to bee declines.
Industry Campaign?

Download the report here:- Follow the Honey

Here is more details about the H.R.2692 bill in America:-
Please Support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692)

stickerpic1A great idea from Simon Mitchell’s Blog “Permaculture Paradise”.:-
“As if the Varroa mite was not enough on top of this – some pesticides regularly used in the UK contain neonicotinoid, which is also proven to kill bees.”

Would use these stickers can be used at your local Garden centre or discount store.
Great Idea or Urban Vandalism?

Wasp - photo credit: wolfpix cc
Wasp – photo credit: wolfpix cc
A Waikato Farmer “Janet Kellard” stood in a wasp nest and was stung over fifty times and needed to walk for forty five minutes to get help. We talk about this brave lady.
Wasp swarm attacks farmer

There is also an interview with Janet on TVNZ web site HERE.

SummerGlow ApiariesArticle by Jamie Small from the Waikato Times:-
“It is a hot summer afternoon at SummerGlow Apiaries just outside of Te Kowhai. Bees hoon around the house, sounding like small cars coming and going on a highway. From the front it looks like a small family operation: a house, three hives sitting in front of a truck, a shed out the back.”
Te Kowhai beekeepers buy up ‘razorback land’

The Ministry of Primary Industries has formed two working groups to come up with a robust labelling guideline for mānuka One is made up of industry representatives and the other of scientists, with the University of Waikato’s Merilyn Manley-Harris joining representatives from organisations such as GNS Science, Plant and Food Research, Comvita, Manuka Health and Analytica Laboratories.
Sweet job for honey expert

Questions from you…

Did Einstein really say that?

EinsteinQ: Is it true that Einstein said “without honey bees, human race will be gone in 4 years”?

A: It appears that No Einstein didn’t say that, but looks like it can be attributed to Maurice Maeterlinck in his book The Life of the Bee, first publish in 1901.

His Quote is here:-
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

Maurice Maeterlinck was a Nobel Prize winner from Belgium.

Different Colours?

Boxes Ready for Summer
Boxes Ready for Summer
Q: Why are beehives painted different colours?
A: To use up old paint or does it stop Bee drifting, what is Bee Drifting?

Have a Question?

Send your questions to Gary and Margaret at [email protected]

Feedback from you guys!!!

David from Maine Write:-

I quite enjoy your podcast and listen to it at work…

Thanks so much for all the info!….David – Maine USA

Itunes Reviews…Please help 🙂

No new itunes reviews this week 🙁

Please review our podcast on itunes?

Whats coming up at kiwimana

  • Interviews with Michael Bush and Megan Paska coming soon…

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