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neil miller

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  1. Thanks for the advice, I topped up one nucleus with some more foragers from the bursting hive and took it to a friends place who lost her hive last autumn. The other one will go out to the coast tomorrow. When scooping out the extra bees I noticed heaps more queen cups, these guys are determined to go.
  2. A man stung dozens of times by bees, mathematicians who wanted to know whether a man could physically be able to sire 600 sons, and chemists who unboiled an egg were honoured on Thursday night with one of science’s most storied awards, the Ig Nobel prize. Professors, researchers, students and actual Nobel laureates from around the world gathered at Harvard University at the 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, the absurdist celebration of science that “makes you laugh, then think”. Entomologist Justin Schmidt and Cornell researcher Michael Smith jointly won for their painstaking experiments charting how painful insect stings are, and where the stings hurt worst. Smith pressed bees up against different parts of his body until the insects stung him, five stings a day, a total of 25 different locations, for 38 days. 2015 Ig Nobel prizes: dinosaur-like chickens and bee-stings to the penis
  3. With the stop start spring queen cells have been built and torn down but during today's inspection I found two capped cells. I put some brood and food with the frames and put the nucleus boxes next to the original hive. I did not find the queen she almost certainly isn't in a nuc. I put one treatment strip of apistan in the nucs and kept the two in the brood box. Do I leave the nucs alone now or do I swap them around with the brood box on rotation to even up some foragers.
  4. Hi Jim is that Patterson's Curse? (two stamen rather than four otherwise very similar) it seems Blue Bedder is sold as v.bugloss and Patterson's which is banned up here.
  5. Hi Julia, I had forgotten about these big echium they would be amazing in our arid corner. I will private message you with our address.
  6. Hi does anybody know a source of Vipers Bugloss (echinus vulgaris) AKA blue borage in the Auckland region? I have heard it's wild around the Molesworth station but that is a long way to drive. I've searched the online seed catalogues and it seems to be absent. We have the perfect spot for it, arid and rocky at the top of the section.
  7. It was being destroyed but the beekeeper knew how important it was to him to have been shown the disease he decided to call around and pass on his understanding. Good guy.
  8. I have just been shown a frame of brood with the AFB, sad but very useful. I was surprised at the lack of smell and apart from the patchy brood laying it all looked pretty normal. There was one noticeably sunken cell and several just slightly concave. We had to dig in to find the brown stringy goo. From now on if I see the slightest dip I will be digging in the cells with a match stick.
  9. Flowers and soil | The Management Agency, National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan New Zealand
  10. About now is good if you are buying a nucleus hive from a bee breeder. Swarm season is a few weeks away, it's a good way to get free and rip roaring bees but needs a bit of knowledge and nerve the first time. Good thing to go swarm collecting with an experienced bee keeper. Good luck.
  11. Ha I saw that in the blurb and thought I had deleted the post
  12. Tile - Never Lose Your Keys, Wallet Or Anything Again I found these with one Google search, given that tech decreases in cost over time it could be very affordable in the future.cheaper by the dozen and maybe more discount for bulk (bee clubs etc) and runs off a phone app.
  13. These people aren't beekeepers. They are beetakers. Beekeeping is about caring for an organic part of the ecosystem for all kinds of personal and community benefits. These guys are thieves out to make a quick buck. Strapping on a veil, gloves and firing up a smoker does not make them keepers.
  14. Best line "Deepak can no longer stand up." Greedy Deepak.
  15. Double brood box after uniting two hives last autumn. I put three 3/4 frames of honey in a fortnight ago, in the top box. Drawn capped and hatched drone comb under each one. I sacrificed one for varroa research and found none. Five frames of brood and a few queen cups. I'm trying to decide between splitting or making up a smaller nucleus. Keen to expand the apiary but it's a good honey year, with pears and flax to add colour and spice to the kanuka.
  16. Rhododendron honey from Nepal, fascinating wee doco.
  17. Pollen Grains of Poisonous Plants An ancient article identifying bee forage on a variety of toxic plants. it's worth noting that bees generally avoid them if there are healthier alternatives. Admin edit: fixed link title
  18. Hi Annalilly, Hard up against the cab of the ute is good. I moved a few swarms in a cardboard box last season wrapped in 2m of shade cloth tied up with long bungy cords, that works well. And when I bought a nuc of Fred he nailed the base board to the brood box with four thin strips of timber and panel pins. All the best for the move, exciting times.
  19. Listen to Davis McCombs Read “Dumpster Honey” by The New Yorker | Free Listening on SoundCloud
  20. High-performance manuka plantations | MPI - Ministry for Primary Industries. A New Zealand Government Department. Results to date.
  21. Manuka trial has eye on the money | Stuff.co.nz Here is a link to those trials Hamish, it was 13 years not the full 25.
  22. Hi Hamish, welcome to the forum. What kind of return on investment are you after over how many years? Instead of using marginal land how about a central isolated plot of Manuka of several hectares. There are trials going on at present with this approach, from memory they are running over 25 years. Perhaps a moderate size orchard or some kind of horticulture for the bees would add a fruit and veg crop to your milk and honey enterprise. All the best.
  23. Is that the age of maturity for a drone Trevor? It fits my hive spot on, with my first drones appearing this week (I was surprised) which puts 42 days into the first week of September, that is when the clematis flowers in the Waitakeres and I call that spring time.
  24. Wild Bees - James K. Baxter Often in summer, on a tarred bridge plank standing, Or downstream between willows, a safe Ophelia drifting In a rented boat - I had seen them comes and go, Those wild bees, swift as tigers, their gauze wings a-glitter In passionless industry, clustering black at the crevice Of a rotten cabbage tree, where their hive was hidden low But never strolled too near. Till one half-cloudy evening Of ripe January, my friends and I Came, gloved and masked to the eyes like plundering desperadoes, To smoke them out. Quiet beside the stagnant river We trod wet grasses down, hearing the crickets chitter And waiting for light to drain from the wounded sky. Before we reached the hive their sentries saw us And sprang invisible through the darkening air. Stabbed, and died in stinging. The hive woke. Poisonous fuming Of sulphur filled the hollow trunk, and crawling Blue flames sputtered - yet still their suicidal Live raiders dived and clung to our hands and hair. O it was Carthage under the Roman torches, Or loud with flames and falling timber, Troy! A job well botched. Half of the honey melted And half the rest young grubs. Through earth-black smoldering ashes And maimed bee groaning, we drew our plunder. Little enough their gold, and slight our joy. Fallen then the city of instinctive wisdom. Tragedy is written distinct and small: A hive burned on a cool night in summer. But loss is a precious stone to me, a nectar Distilled in time, preaching the truth of winter To the fallen heart that does not cease to fall. O'Sullivan, V. (Ed.). (1979). An anthology of twentieth century New Zealand poetry. Wellington: Oxford University Press.
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