Year: 2012

Relationship between the hive beetle and the honey bee

A interesting article submitted by Gary Duckett discussing “that in the parasitic relationship between the European honey bee and the small hive beetle, Aethina tumida, the honey bee’s alarm pheromones serve a negative function because they are potent attractants for the beetle”. SHB and the Honey Bee  

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Meteorological factors affecting bee defensive behaviour

The attached article was sent in by a viewer (Gary Duckett).  Although not recent, It is an interesting publication that sort of flies in the face of the so called generally accepted knowledge of bee defensive behaviour including several meteorological factors and one of “comb coverage”. effect of meteorological conditions on the behaviour of bees  

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Pesticides put bee colonies at risk: study

A news article from “ABC/Reuters, ABC Science Online” is also included here in pdf format for those interested..  Pesticides put bee colonies at risk: study Although the article is referring to bumblebees,  it may be of relevance to common honey bees and is certainly topical at the moment. Another article presumably about the same study can

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Queen Bee Availability

For those looking for Queen Bees in the Hunter Valley Area :- John Banfield: Redhead 0249448071, 0402337968 Col Wilson: Kurri 0249 304950 Greg Mulder: Laguna 0249 988 565 They will all post queens to you so distance shouldn’t matter.  

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NSW Beekeepers Registration Renewal

The attached document details changes to the NSW beekeepers Licensing Service submitted by Mick Rankmore, Regulatory Specialist, Apiaries, Agricultural Compliance NSW Department of Primary Industries PO Box 546 Gunnedah, 35-37 Abbott Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380 Tel: 02 6741 8374   F: 02 6742 4018   Mob: 0402 078 963 Email: [email protected] Web: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au NSW Government

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Colours and Heat Transfer

I set up a small experiment to get a handle on exactly how much effect the colour of a hive body and cover has on the heat transfer (by sunlight) to the inside of the hive. The following are my observations so far.  I need to make more measurements before reaching any conclusions but I

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