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  1. I was cleaning a few frames from a robbed out hive today and found one of these ladybirds. I thought that I had seen a few of this species around hives during the summer but first one I'd caught to compare to the photos. Interesting info and links above thanks.
  2. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/112501889/comvita-forecasts-6m-loss-after-third-poor-honey-harvest-in-row (6 May 2019) "Honey producer Comvita is predicting a $6 million after-tax loss for the financial year after a series of setbacks has affected its business. On Monday its share price tumbled 11.7 per cent to $3.70, its poorest performance in four years. Adverse weather, the overcrowding of mānuka sites with hives from competing beekeepers and the tough mānuka honey standard have combined in a third poor year in a row for the Te Puke-based company." https://www.
  3. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/112879049/honeybased-solution-for-cold-sores-just-as-effective-as-antiviral-treatments-research-shows "After more than three years, a trial led by researchers at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) has proven a medical-grade honey formulation derived from the kānuka tree is just as effective in treating cold sores as standard aciclovir cream."
  4. It could be Sirex Woodwasp, Sirex noctilio Fabricius "The female ... is a steel-blue colour except for the legs which are reddish-brown. " http://www.nzffa.org.nz/farm-forestry-model/the-essentials/forest-health-pests-and-diseases/Pests/Sirex-noctilio/Sirex-noctilioEnt20 https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/animals/bug-id/what-is-this-bug/bugs-with-legs/6-legs/bees-and-wasps/wood-wasp
  5. https://teara.govt.nz/en/wasps-and-bees/page-4 a short video on this page
  6. Mason wasp pictured here: https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/animals/bug-id/what-is-this-bug/bugs-with-legs/6-legs/bees-and-wasps/mason-wasp "The female builds a nest of several cells made of mud, often in folds of curtains or keyholes She lays an egg in each cell and provides a paralysed orbweb spider as food for the emerging larva Adults eat nectar" Is there a Mason bee too? Can anyone know a site or book that has all the NZ native bees listed with photos?
  7. The dribble method of oxalic acid and sugar syrup mixed promoted ingestion of the OA and apparent negative effect on bee health. This interesting study (reference below) was looking at alternatives to sugar syrup and the findings indicated glycerine was not attractive to bees for ingestion and the earlier von Frisch reference shows that it is not attractive mixed with 25% sugar water. My understanding is that OA mixed with GL is not attractive to bees for ingestion, rather the success of the OA/GL shop towels/strips/staples is that it is not attractive. Perhaps actual honey on the strips (from
  8. Oregano (Origanum vulgare) and Marjoram (Origanum majorana) have been flowering in the herb garden for last two weeks are getting a lot of attention from bees; this week it's like they are having a party. It's a hardy culinary herb and forms dense patches of plants that last for years and flower through the hot part of summer as other nectar sources are reducing. Several countries produce oregano honey. It could be a good option for someone with a couple of hectares.
  9. @tommy dave This $78 work platform is a great option to save your back. It has adjustable legs, so works on a sloping site, will fit two boxes so I usually stack supers on left and top brood on the right. I use a the hive mat under the supers, and take an extra hive mat for the brood box to give some beespace and save squashing bees. Strong enough to stand on with a heavy super. It fits across the back seat of the car too. https://www.bunnings.co.nz/rhino-work-platform_p00861589 "Adjustable height from 0.58m to 0.87m Aluminium construction 120kg domestic load rating"
  10. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-27449-3 "Phytochemicals-mediated production of hydrogen peroxide is crucial for high antibacterial activity of honeydew honey Marcela Bucekova, Monika Buriova, Ladislav Pekarik, Viktor Majtan & Juraj Majtan" 13 Jun, 2018 http://www.apimondia.com/congresses/2013/Apitherapy/Symposia/Slovak Honeydew Honey - Juraj Majtan.pdf "Slovak honeydew honey – from basic science to clinical applications Juraj Majtan Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences Department of Microbiology, Slovak Medical University"
  11. @Bighands Have you priced locally manufactured jars from O-I NZ? http://recycleglass.co.nz/o-i-new-zealand/ "O-I NZ is New Zealand’s only glass bottle and jar manufacturer and has been operating from its Penrose, Auckland site since 1922. We have a diverse product range, making glass packaging for New Zealand’s world-renowned wine, beer, juice and water brands. We proudly operate 3 furnaces and 6 production lines, managing multiple colour changes, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. As makers of glass, the world’s most natural and sustainable packaging, O-
  12. Both these delicious NZ products are in glass jars and support recycling and might be worth asking them how they source their jars. https://www.picspeanutbutter.com/nz/ http://raglancoconutyoghurt.co.nz/ http://raglancoconutyoghurt.co.nz/bee-friends/ I save these jars, friends pass me theirs too, then clean and use them again for honey. Just use hot water for removing the Pics and Raglan labels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80V3wTyHo4w For the hobbyists other jars with tougher glue on the labels try using old olive oil.
  13. It appears that further research is required to substantiate benefits of manuka honey on toast for digestive health and tooth decay. Anyone found anything more conclusive than these two studies? Lin, S.-M. (Sam). (2010). The effect of manuka honey on enterobacteria (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/3972 "Manuka honey (Leptospermum scoparium) produced in New Zealand has been shown to exhibit substantial antibacterial activity against a broad range of pathogens causing wound infecti
  14. @kaihoka Other acacia varieties do have Extrafloral Nectaries (EFNs). I could not find anything about Acacia melanoxylon specifically. Perhaps the answer is in this study that many others refer to. STRUCTURE AND SECRETION OF THE EXTRAFLORAL NECTARIES OF AUSTRALIAN ACACIAS Robyn Marginson , Margaret Sedgley , Trevor J. Douglas & R. Bruce Knox
  15. Try a comparison with google images for the gamochaeta / cudweed varieties: e.g. Gamochaeta calviceps, Gamochaeta subfalcata or Gamochaeta purpurea?
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