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by Thomas
Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Forum
Topic: Varroa jacobsoni found in Port Townsville, QLD
Replies: 1
Views: 530

Varroa jacobsoni found in Port Townsville, QLD

On the 29 th June, a colony of Asian honey bees (Apis cerana) was detected in a container stand at Port Townsville, Queensland. On inspection of the colony, Varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) were found. This is a timely reminder for all beekeepers to register and to inspect their hives regularly for s...
by Thomas
Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Newsletter
Topic: June 2016 Newsletter
Replies: 0
Views: 618

June 2016 Newsletter

In this months newsletter we have the presidents report, meet Hayley Pragert our new bee biosecurity officer, hive registration now compulsory for the ACT, special interest group on native bees and art in aid of bees.
by Thomas
Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Registration of Hives now Compulsory in ACT.
Replies: 1
Views: 1683

Registration of Hives now Compulsory in ACT.

Effective 23 May 2016, all hobbyist and commercial beekeepers in the ACT in Australia are required to register their hives. Registration is free and can be completed online at the TAMS website. http://www.search.act.gov.au/s/redirect?collection=act-gov&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tccs.act.gov.au%2Fcity-liv...
by Thomas
Mon May 23, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Beekeeping Forum
Topic: Condensation
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: Condensation

I took advantage of the warm weather and took the lid off one of my hives yesterday and it had a fair bit of condensation on the inside of the lid. I need to do something about it too.
by Thomas
Fri May 20, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Forum
Topic: Condensation
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: Condensation

Tilting the hive forward a little is generally regarded as a good idea. I've heard this suggestion from several veteran beekeepers to help condensation run out the entrance. A screened bottom board could help. Any extra ventilation should in theory help. I've also heard that screened bottom boards h...
by Thomas
Tue May 17, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Newsletter
Topic: May 2016 Newsletter
Replies: 0
Views: 649

May 2016 Newsletter

In this months newsletter, our new Presidents report, Mongolian Flying Herds, Honey Queen, Bees Rock the Hive, Fake Honey Laser and Bee Democracy.
by Thomas
Fri May 13, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Forum
Topic: Advice on obtaining bees
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Advice on obtaining bees

I obtained 2 hives from swarms 2 springs ago. One swarmed last year so I now have 3 hives and am generally happy with them. I will re-queen one of these hives in the spring because one hive is a little too cranky for my liking (this is the only hive that has ever stung me). There are literally hundr...
by Thomas
Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Forum
Topic: Small Hive Beetle
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Small Hive Beetle

I use those small metal troughs filled with diatomaceous earth between the frames under the queen excluder. They usually get between 20 to 30 SHB every couple of months. However in the year that I've been using the traps I still get the same amount of SHB each time. While the traps are helping, it i...
by Thomas
Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Forum
Topic: Blue Banded Bee
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: Blue Banded Bee

Thanks Dick. We suspected it to be Pattersons Curse. Thanks for confirming.
by Thomas
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Forum
Topic: Blue Banded Bee
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: Blue Banded Bee

That Cuckoo is a great looking bee. I have it on my shopping list as the next bee to photo.