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Staples out . QE and one honey box on each hive . 

After 6 weeks of little rainfall , there was 17 mm overnight which should get the buttercup flowing , especially if the sun comes back 

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2 minutes ago, M4tt said:

Staples out . QE and one honey box on each hive . 

After 6 weeks of little rainfall , there was 17 mm overnight which should get the buttercup flowing , especially if the sun comes back 

We had 7 mls 

36 last month and 56 this month qualifies as a drought here .

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Good rain here last night also and more coming, a good thing.

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1 hour ago, Alastair said:

Good rain here last night also and more coming, a good thing.

So true even if a good deal seemed to go either to the West or East of us.

 

My estimate is that we would need 70mm+ to get us to where the average is.

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Hmm oh well fingers crossed, although the forecast does not look like that much is on the way.

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Not enough to register on the rain gauge here and the ground dry under the leaves. ?

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Very little rain in Pukekawa, pond looking as low as it does in Dec, clover and barberry starting, more necter coming in than last year. Hives in the avocados teaming, hives in Lucerne paddocks better. 10 out of 10 for virgin queen matng and from AFB checks from mine and locals zip so far. ?

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spotted this insect a few days ago. Looks fairly strange. thoughts?

 

also... anyone familiar?

 

strange_bee.jpg

manuka-beeks.jpg

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26 minutes ago, tommy dave said:

spotted this insect a few days ago. Looks fairly strange. thoughts?

 

also... anyone familiar?

 

strange_bee.jpg

manuka-beeks.jpg

 

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14 minutes ago, frazzledfozzle said:

@tommy dave are you in Japan?

was until today :)

posted the pic with the japanese writing along with the hornet pic to avoid risk of panic!

 

edit: can post pics of what the honey was priced at if that's of interest to anyone.

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37 minutes ago, tommy dave said:

can post pics of what the honey was priced at if that's of interest to anyone.

Will it cheer  up people ?

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8 hours ago, tommy dave said:

was until today :)

posted the pic with the japanese writing along with the hornet pic to avoid risk of panic!

 

edit: can post pics of what the honey was priced at if that's of interest to anyone.

 

 

Haha I certainly didn’t link the two and actually thought the picture of the hornet was taken in NZ and was having a minor panic attack and hoping you had contacted  MPI !

 

The beekeepers pictured supply a company in Japan and also host Japanese beekeepers from that company for a couple of weeks of NZ beekeeping. 

 

I bet the honey was expensive 

 

you are an interesting rooster I’ve been trying to work out what you do but still have no clue. :) 

 

 

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On 27/10/2018 at 9:37 PM, Stoney said:

Damn.. these blocked up excluders really get me itching to reach for my hive tool for a good ol scrape down and melt up with  the hot devil.

I scrape all 700 of mine 2-3 times a year, before honey supers go on and every time honey comes off. I carry a 20L bucket with lid for the scrapings so no robbibg

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On 19/10/2018 at 9:07 PM, kaihoka said:

I never had swarming last season like I have this .

Has anyone else noticed an increase this spring .

I'm only up to page 10 of the thread but having a swag of virgins swarming, doing weekly swarm check on main hives and any capped cells go into splits which so far 20 percent of virgins have swarmed on hatching. Bought one home, reboxed the next day, swarmed 3hrs later in 2 directions so must of been 2 virgins in there

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19 hours ago, M4tt said:

Staples out . QE and one honey box on each hive . 

After 6 weeks of little rainfall , there was 17 mm overnight which should get the buttercup flowing , especially if the sun comes back 

How long is buttercup season? Start and finish dates.  I know i should know...

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4 minutes ago, flash4cash said:

How long is buttercup season? Start and finish dates.  I know i should know...

Now till sometime in Dec. It’s normally all gone by Christmas , although if it’s gets mown, it will tiller, flower more profusely on more stems and hang on longer , just because the new shoots have grown later 

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15 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

The beekeepers pictured supply a company in Japan and also host Japanese beekeepers from that company for a couple of weeks of NZ beekeeping. 

 

I bet the honey was expensive 

 

you are an interesting rooster I’ve been trying to work out what you do but still have no clue. :)

honey was expensive.

these days i'm a civil servant driving a desk in wellington, it's been a couple of years though so maybe about time for a change.

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Today was an eye opener

Started putting QE ers on and found boxes full  of Nectar
Burgundy color with a real tang after taste.

Its a really big job sorting 3 box hives down to a single Brood box so was relived in a way to get rained off and retreat to my sewing machines.

 

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5 minutes ago, Philbee said:

Burgundy color with a real tang after taste.

What was the honey .

Do you get rewa rewa honey .

I have never tried it , someone told me today it is thick dark and strong .

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2 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

What was the honey .

Do you get rewa rewa honey .

I have never tried it , someone told me today it is thick dark and strong .

yes we have lots of Rewa but I dont think its started yet.

These Hives are also a few kms from any Rewa

If its a sign of things to come then we are in trouble as a lot of hives are well into filling a second box already

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1 minute ago, Philbee said:

yes we have lots of Rewa but I dont think its started yet.

These Hives are also a few kms from any Rewa

If its a sign of things to come then we are in trouble as a lot of hives are well into filling a second box already

Would not be much of a problem if bush honey was $15 a kilo .

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We won't be going to singles this year. Running doubles cos they're too big and to fat! First time in 6 years!

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