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Winter Hive Covers

An interesting approach from a member to help the bees over winter.  (July 2019) Obviously not for everyone but in really cold climates ……… First thoughts are that the insulation properties afforded by the Styrofoam covers would be more like a hollow in a tree.  Pests between the cover and the hive could be an

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Small Hive Beetle and red light

We have all seen small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) scurry away from the frame tops and move down into the darker regions when opening a Langstroth bee hive. It is generally assumed that they are moving away from the introduced sunlight. This report discusses the experimental results of various attempts at red light control of

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Sugar Shaking

Amateur beekeepers, because we can keep a close watch on all our hives, could be the first to spot a varroa incursion. And that could mean the difference between Australia being able to act quickly and eliminate the deadly pests, or racing to try to contain them when they have already spread through the bee

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Flow Hive Honey Extraction

A club member has documented the process of extracting honey from a flow hive. Some of the pitfalls are addressed including an excellent step by step breakdown of the complete process including  the use of a novel multiple frame extraction rig to speed things up. 

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Country of origin food labelling

The Australian Government has introduced a new country of origin food labelling system, which commenced on 1 July 2016. Under the new system, country of origin labelling requirements come under Australian Consumer Law.

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Asian Honey Bee manual

A copy of the Qld Dept of Agriculture “Asian Honey Bee manual” is available as a pdf.  It may help with the identification and for general knowledge about The Asian Honey Bee.

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Bee Biosecurity Video Series

“The Bee Biosecurity Video Series was produced to let you know how you can help and the ways in which government, research organisations, plant industries, private companies and organisations with an interest in honey bees are all contributing to preparing for an incursion of varroa.” “The series of 12 videos covers a broad range of topics including honey

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Langstroth Bee Hive Temperature Variations

This is an article by a club member relating to internal Langstroth hive temperatures made over various summer and winter periods in 2016.  It also includes notes and comments related to hive ventilation and humidity.  Included are a number of graphs of the measured temperature variations.  The PDF article can be found in the “links

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Bee Disease Diagnosis and Reporting

These links to the NSW DPI (Australia) website have been added to the sites “Links and Documents” page which will help lead you in the right direction if you suspect or know you have a problem with your hive, especially American Foulbrood diagnosis and reporting.  Also included are beekeeper registration requirements.

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Crisis Time for Honeybees

The general concern in the community about disappearing bees is well jusIfied. Indeed, it is world-wide and most relevant in the northern hemisphere where dwindling bee populaIons are causing more pressing problems than we are experiencing here. And well might the community be concerned, for more than half the world’s major food crops depend on

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Bee Pass Chimney

One of our members came across this at the Chateau de Chenonceau in France. Now that is a beehive – non of this boring box on a box stuff. Presumably the idea being to keep the bees well away from surrounding people.  A nice simple idea but what a piece of art.  Lets see club

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Hives on Rails

This is serious management – a short video of how Joe Horner (Rylestone) manages his queen rearing hives. Just something a little different….  

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The Australasian Beekeeper (ABK) Index

Many members receive the ABK magazine – the club library also holds copies available to members. It may not be common knowledge that if you wish to find issues that have articles about a certain topic, the ABK Website has a “search” facility that will give you the issues that discuss the topic. A good

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Native Bees of the Hunter Region

University of Newcastle Natural History Illustration student Gina Cranson has been instrumental in developing this unique poster showing some dozen of many more Australian Native Bees. The full size poster is available through one of our members online shop with all proceeds going to the HVABA to set up a revolving fund for research and

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Birds and Bees

This ought to generate some thought among beekeepers…. An article, following on from a 2003 ABC-TV’s Catalyst series by Jonica Newby, highlights: “Honey bees are not so sweet when they escape into the Australian bush. European honey bees are not native to Australia but they play a very important economic role, not just as producers

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Warre hives

Following some interest in Warre hives lately, I have added some information that may be interest in the “Links and Documents” page of this site.  

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