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  1. jasper


    I do not wish to link to the video but yes the animals died near a swampy creek that bees could be utilizing as a water source.
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    Simply that bees were observed on carcasses of animals that were confirmed by DOC to have died of 1080.
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    In the Waikato when the chopper pilot either missed his way points for the drop or the farmers fences were inadequate, when 8 cows last year died from 1080 poisoning bees were observed on the carcasses. DOCS own testing confirmed 1080 was the cause of the cows death.
  4. Thank you Trevor for the pressure sprayer idea. Just back from jamming the nozzle and wand down the entrance and getting as far back as the hose allowed and pumping the nest full of 91 unleaded. Will go back tomorrow morning and see how it worked. Spotted another sizable underground nest this afternoon and that got the same treatment.
  5. I dont have any carbryl, I usually use "kiwicare no wasps powder" which is pymethren and Daitomos Earth. However as Guard wasps buzz me when I am about 2 metres away. I am not keen to get that close I have dealt to plenty of wasp nests this year and I can tell this one is massive and once disturbed they will be very dangerous because of the sheer numbers- the flight line look's like a beehive on a sunny day. Vespex would do it as they are still bringing back insects to the nest but I don't have the training. Is cat food and ant poison a safe option?
  6. I have found a wasp nest on public land that's too big for me to deal with. It's in a riverbank about 4 metres from the water and the entrance is the size of a rabbit hole. Because of the entrance being horizontal I can't do the petrol in a Coke bottle thing and because of size of the nest and the coming and going wasps I am not game to try blowing powder down the entrance. Who's responsible for destroying the nest District council or regional council? My only other idea is to sit and spray black flag on the flight path till numbers are low enough to get close enough to jam a hose down the hole to get the petrol where it needs to be to kill the nest.
  7. Yes i do think it's a laying worker. If the weather fines up over the weekend I will try to get a photo.
  8. No I have never seen her- but I know she was there before because she had previously laid worker brood in drawn out frames I gave the hive.
  9. Opened up hive today and had good look through. No larvae. Small patch of eggs some cells with more than one egg. Sadly the hive looks like it isn't going to make it.
  10. I have a very weak hive I cut out of a hollow punga log about 8 weeks ago. I rubber banded the brood comb and honey stores into 3/4 frames and gave them some drawn 3/4 plastic frames to play with. There was obvious varroa so they have had 1 treatment of apistan. I had been feeding them heavy sugar syrup in a frame feeder. They have moved off the old comb and are clustering on 3 frames. They have only about a 1/4 of a frame of capped honey They have brood and on warm days are bringing in pollen. I have just got a Hive DR top feeder so I can feed them without disturbing the cluster on cold days. My question is what should I be feeding such a weak hive? Heavy syrup or lighter to encourage laying?
  11. Does Scymnus loewii – Dusky Ladybird help control Giant Willow Aphid? I see its commercially availible in nz for biological control of aphids.
  12. Um i forgot my password. So i just rang up the apairy register gave my Apairy number and the nice person on the phone gave me my password. No questions asked. Not the most secure system....
  13. I intend saving up and doing the Vespex thing next year. The wasps were off to a slow start this season but are now going crazy for the Aphids on the willows by the river.
  14. I am considering trying a Topbar hive but wonder how do you deal with reducing the enterances to deal with wasps? My wooden hive bases i just reduce with any old block of wood and my Hive Doctor bases have the simple red disc to reduce the entrance. The topbar hive plans i like the look of has 3 holes for an entrance on the side - does one just jam wine corks in 2 of the 3 holes if wasps are giving the hive a hard time?
  15. Got a call to do a bee swarm cutout in a house wall last weekend. The Swarm turned out to be a Big nest of yellow jackets. The guard wasps were very agressive so gave them a drink of petrol. Every thing quiet in the nest now but am wondering if i need to remove the nest from the wall or can i just seal the entrance up and forget about it? Its a very old house, shiplap on outside, gib on inside no insulation in wall cavity.
  16. Seems they both had pretty big land holdings and manuka coverage. Did i hear right when at the start of the article the non comvita was described as a hobby bee keeper?
  17. Spotted a single German wasp hanging round one of my Auckland hives yesterday. Fortunately a spade was nearby...
  18. The paper Wasp queen who's nest is in my profile picture lives on my deck. So far she has failed to raise any offspring she lost her first larvae in the wet weather a few weeks back and now has capped brood (capped a few days before xmas)
  19. The Optibee system uses sigfox technology on the IoT in France but it's 499 euros and I couldn't find one there Web page if it's license will work in NZ. But it looks like they are on the right developement track. From the optibee website and translated from French. Optibee was designed and is produced in France Key Features The system consists of several scales* that can be remotely accessed through a simple Internet connection. (*Scale outside legal metrology ) The scales are independent, they can be positioned according to your needs in order to optimize the monitoring of your colonies. Daily monitoring of apiariesthanks to web based reporting tables Detection andissuing of security alerts within 10 minutes by emailor SMS in case of: Unusual weight loss of a hive(spin, theft, vandalism, ...) Weight gain(honeydew) [*]Unlimited number of alert configurations Graphical view on a map of your most productive apiaries to optimize hive movements Daily reporting of production conditions Weather forecasts on each of your apiaries up to seven days to anticipate your visits
  20. As its various nicknames suggest (the internet of things) It allows devices to talk to each other. Low speed 100bits/sec and very low cost. It has huge potential for even something as simple as a flow meter on a irrigation sprinkler sending a message that it is blocked. For beekeepers the possibility also are endless. Eg Hive tilts sends message linked to mercury switch. Linking it to scales is another obvious application. It is a machine only network so no humans watching Netflix to slow it down. Example for some stuff already out there for the internet of things. $1 a month and 5 years runningon 2 AA battery's. Devices for Sigfox's super-cheap network (pictures) Nothing Beekeeping specific yet...
  21. Kordia and Thinxtra Internet of Things network passes half-way mark | Kordia Once this network is up and running there hopefully will be a useful to beekeepers application. The coverage is reportedly far greater than cellphone.
  22. Nice design do you see the queen much or does she hide in the darkness between the frames?
  23. Use rubber bands to secure the old brood foundation into new frames
  24. @Philbee I have already decided on lexan polycarbonate for the windows for safety.
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