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Everything posted by yesbut

  1. As far as I know Titoki isn't a nectar producer. The fruit is good bird fodder.
  2. I harvested a number of old brood frames last year, using varroa mesh as a filter. This honey I'd happily describe as raw.
  3. Looks like a Wool Carder Bee. if it's chasing other insects away, it'll be a male.
  4. Pass. You might be more tempted to go for a cruise with a big stick ?
  5. I'm sure they used to, but now they're staying in China.
  6. Well that was in March, now is now and the consultation is happening, a good time to raise the issue in the press.
  7. You need to get a good journalist to do a feature in the local rag. One way of getting this ball rolling is to contact the press with a "media release", with enough meat in it to encourage a reporter to contact you.
  8. A good thing surely, if it makes a few recalcitrant beeks rattle their dags.
  9. The yesbut easy beekeeping method would be to petrol the troublesome hive and be done with it.
  10. The best time of day would probably be quite inconvenient for you.....getting home at midnight....
  11. Yes because she gets bonked by virus laden drones.
  12. Varroa sensitive hygiene....the bees are better at finding & killing mites.
  13. Short answer, they've got to gather somewhere. As long as there's plenty of healthy eggs/brood and bees covering it, things are sweet.
  14. Speaking of which is @glynn still around ?
  15. Page 142 of your "Practical beekeeping in NZ " !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Central Nth Is can be as much a freezing miserable hole as anywhere else.
  17. And Queens can lay virus laden eggs too.
  18. Blimmin flax is going great guns, darn it. Never noticed an overlap here between flax & kanuka. I'm sure the kanuka is on time, so flax must be late. Orrible tasting flax muck, right up there with rata.
  19. I did recently notice about a dozen Comvita hives sitting in the middle of a large valley of close to bursting Manuka in the Motu.
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