The drones are the male bees of the colony, drones main role in life is to mate with virgin queens. Why is it so attractive to varroa mites?
Sad news from the apiary…. ..Glen Eden 1 has died. I saw a huge amount of wasps (yellow jackets) around the hive and opened it up to find NO Bees! Glen Eden 1 was the hive where we used three 3/4’s. There was plenty of nectar and honey – I even scored some for them […]
Managing pests is an important obligation for anyone that lives in New Zealand. One of biggest introduced pests here is the bushy-tailed possum (trichosurus bulletins), these marsupials destroy trees and eat native bird eggs. This is a review of the Good Natured Possum Trap.
The Wonders of Twitter We heard from Mayor Len Brown today via Twitter. The bee consent fee has been removed, in today’s “Strategy and Finance Committee Meeting”. Have a look at the tweet exchange with the Mayor below:- Started off with confusion, what page the Bee Fee was on:- And then the good news… So […]
Phone Call We got a phone call from Auckland Council’s rep Nigel King – Customer Services Manager this morning (this was in no doubt as a result of an email sent by Margaret first thing, asking why we haven’t received any written confirmation of what we were told, was to follow, after the hearings!) Nigel advised […]
Here are our thoughts after attending the Auckland Council hearings, held at the beautiful Auckland Town Hall, on the Auckland Council Draft – Long Term Plan. Introduction It was good to see a lot of other bee-keepers today at the meeting, and as we found out it was one of many hearings held by the Auckland Council across the […]
Photo’s courtesy of Kevin Krejci We went to along to a meeting set up by the Auckland Bee Club on Monday to discuss the $190 (annual) consent fee to keep Bees, proposed within the Auckland Council long-term draft plan. The draft considerations include public consultation and a submission process.
Today the weather in Auckland wasn’t the best, we did hear there was a cold storm coming from the south. We travelled down to Franklin to attend the monthly bee club meeting. A heavy shower hit the site when we arrived. An omen of things to come. Peter Smith started the meeting with a discussion […]
Did two things in the bee garden today. Sugar shook the Honey 1 Hive for the fourth time. It was due to be done last weekend. But the weather was not good for opening bee hives (Raining). Honey 1 sugar shake Removed the two supers from top of the hive and then removed the upper […]
Margaret had done another inspection of Bethells 1 on 9 Jan 2011, but Margaret has been too busy to blog about this inspection. Quick inspection today, the third box which is ¾ Super has some frames built out but no nectar and I don’t think there will be any this season. So I removed this […]