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once again at this time of yr my blackwood trees were  inexplicably humming with bees in the tops of the trees.

so i researched blackwoods .

it is because of      Psylla acaciae     It secretes a honey-dew which grows sooty mould, and larvae feed in terminal leaf clusters.

i also found this .... Psyllids have an aversion to cool, shady conditions .   which is why i only hear and see bees in the tops.

the flow must have  been enough to prevent the honey crystalising.

it must be the 15 % unknown in my pollen test.

 

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30 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

it must be the 15 % unknown in my pollen test.

 

If it's honeydew, there'd be no pollen to be "unknown pollen"

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1 hour ago, yesbut said:

If it's honeydew, there'd be no pollen to be "unknown pollen"

Yes I realised that as soon as the edit button disappeared.

But I was confident I would be corrected .

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I like beech dew produced in the Canterbury foothills.  Not too bad in hot water or mulled wine.  Prefer it to manuka

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1 hour ago, Maggie James said:

I like beech dew produced in the Canterbury foothills.  Not too bad in hot water or mulled wine.  Prefer it to manuka

I never reaIised there was another honey dew in NZ

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7 hours ago, kaihoka said:

I never reaIised there was another honey dew in NZ

 

Believe me, the giant willow aphid introduced us to willow honey dew, and we could have well done without it. 

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11 hours ago, Maggie James said:

I like beech dew produced in the Canterbury foothills.  Not too bad in hot water or mulled wine.  Prefer it to manuka

Let me know if you would like some... can wheel a few drums to you no drama. 

Agree though, very versatile is our Beech Dew.... hot drinks , meat marinades... baking...etc.

Never granulates, has a nice strong Smokey caramel flavour that enhances venison steak when mixed with soy, garlic and a touch of Chinese 5 spice.. mmmm

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1 hour ago, Stoney said:

Let me know if you would like some... can wheel a few drums to you no drama. 

Agree though, very versatile is our Beech Dew.... hot drinks , meat marinades... baking...etc.

Never granulates, has a nice strong Smokey caramel flavour that enhances venison steak when mixed with soy, garlic and a touch of Chinese 5 spice.. mmmm

I’ve just made a marinade with soy , garlic , honey and smoked paprika to coat some cubed venison for some kebabs for tonite ! 

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4 hours ago, Sailabee said:

 

Believe me, the giant willow aphid introduced us to willow honey dew, and we could have well done without it. 

That is true , I had forgotten about willow honey dew .

We have no willows in our area .

There are lots of blackwoods in NZ , it must show up in other peoples honey .

 

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14 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

That is true , I had forgotten about willow honey dew .

We have no willows in our area .

There are lots of blackwoods in NZ , it must show up in other peoples honey .

 

Did they not go for the nectar in the flower

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44 minutes ago, Bighands said:

Did they not go for the nectar in the flower

Blackwoods are wind pollinated. Pollen source, but no nectar.

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2 hours ago, Jas said:

cubed venison for some kebabs for tonite ! 

Home kill  rump steak tonight.  Clover honey and lemon sauce on home grown strawbs and icecream for pud. 

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4 hours ago, Bighands said:

Did they not go for the nectar in the flower

They are ignoring the rata .

But it could be they are just not on the one out the front .

The bees are very busy maybe they are going to one of the other flowering ratas .

If they started on a big tree further away that started flowering earlier will they keep going there and ignore the closer one ?

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2 hours ago, kaihoka said:

They are ignoring the rata .

But it could be they are just not on the one out the front .

The bees are very busy maybe they are going to one of the other flowering ratas .

If they started on a big tree further away that started flowering earlier will they keep going there and ignore the closer one ?

I do not know,they go to the tree that yields the most wether it is close or not.That is a very interesting question.

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6 hours ago, Bighands said:

I do not know,they go to the tree that yields the most wether it is close or not.That is a very interesting question.

They could be flying to this tree , on the south face , its come on full flower earlier than the others around it .

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Now you do not know what they are collecting without going into the hive and tasting the honey being collected,Fhat is the only sure way of knowing.

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On 24/12/2019 at 8:38 AM, Stoney said:

Let me know if you would like some... can wheel a few drums to you no drama. 

Agree though, very versatile is our Beech Dew.... hot drinks , meat marinades... baking...etc.

Never granulates, has a nice strong Smokey caramel flavour that enhances venison steak when mixed with soy, garlic and a touch of Chinese 5 spice.. mmmm

Yum. 

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20 hours ago, kaihoka said:

They could be flying to this tree , on the south face , its come on full flower earlier than the others around it .

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What does the bush look like wider scale Kaihoka?

Is this the only red tree in the vicinity or are we looking like it’s going to bloom wider scale? 

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12 hours ago, Stoney said:

What does the bush look like wider scale Kaihoka?

Is this the only red tree in the vicinity or are we looking like it’s going to bloom wider scale? 

It is on the south side and it is strange that only that tree is flowering.

On the north side there are lots out now and lots covered in buds .

There is a lot of beech on that face .

 

 

 

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On 23/12/2019 at 1:44 PM, kaihoka said:

t must be the 15 % unknown in my pollen test.

What did you do for your pollen test?

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57 minutes ago, BJC said:

What did you do for your pollen test?

Sent a honey sample to a lady in nelson who does pollen tests

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