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  1. I find it very surprising that any inspection is allowed to take place without the knowledge of the beekeeper and/or landowner. Beekeepers generally have an understanding with landowners with regards to access to hives but this does not usually include anyone else and as a beekeeper I would always ask the landowner if it is okay for other people to come and look at the bees with me, let alone without me.

    I'm all for the exotic disease screening programme around ports but beekeepers need to be notified in advance. In the last day I've heard from two beekeepers in Dunedin whose hives have been inspected - in both cases there happened to be someone home at the property who asked what was going on. For me this is only going to upset people. I actually look after the bees for one of these beekeepers and had screened them for Varroa using Bayvarol and sticky boards last week. A courtesy phone call would also give the inspector valuable information with regards to hive history and checks that the beekeeper has performed recently.

  2. Hi Trevor,

    I grow orchids as a hobby - have quite a few Masdevallia, Odonts etc. A friend who also grows them and I are starting to play with hybridising, hard to find the time to do it properly though with work and 3 young kids! This is one I got from Ron Maunder - Paradise Sunrise, one of my favourites.


    Getting a little off the varroa topic here so if you want to talk orchids please email me at otto dot hyink at xtra etc. Do you still have some or are you not doing it anymore? We're always looking for places to find more plants - especially species in the pleurothallid alliance.


  3. Hi all,


    I have a few small apiaries around Dunedin.

    I have done some screening using Bayvarol strips and sticky boards. I have found mites in my hives on Pigeon Flat, Glenleith and Roslyn. Of ten sticky boards checked 4 had 1 or 2 mites while 1 had around 30 mites (this hive was on Pigeon Flat but was only moved up there from down in Dunedin in Feb).

    The article in the ODT saying a mite was found at the University was also me - found it while dissecting bees for an experiment we were doing.

    Make sure you all treat your hives in Spring.



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