Northern Rivers newsletter - August 2017

Northern Rivers newsletter - August 2017

The bee pictured was spotted out in the field recently. It was noticeably larger than the European honey bee and was quite loud in flight.

Pictures were sent to Dr Tobias Smith at the University of Queensland for identification. It turned out to be a peacock carpenter bee (or green carpenter), with this one being the male of the species. Females are darker green, without the yellow hairs.

What’s interesting is that this bee was foraging. In dealing primarily with European honey bees, it is easy to think that all male bees do no work.

Macarthur newsletter - August 2017

Macarthur newsletter - August 2017

Another month has passed and I have noticed many eucalypts in flower. This is a positive sign that winter is coming to an end. Now is the time to make sure that all your frames and boxes are ready for the spring. Often when the bees start collecting they go hell for leather and we beekeepers are left trying to keep up.

The Amateur Beekeeper - August/September 2017

The Amateur Beekeeper - August/September 2017

In this issue

  • THE NEW RULES OF BEEKEEPING
  • Biosecurity Code of Practice
  • Manual, Registration Fees, Notifying Problems
  • Editorial: Getting the new rules to work
  • Our message to the Minister & Director General
  • Introducing the new ABA president
  • Anaphylaxis first aid: faster, simpler
  • Refining waste wax – safely – with your microwave
  • Ask the experts: our new online helpdesk
  • Honey wanted! Help protect Australia’s reputation
  • Hive hints. History. And bee facts
  • Save the date! Tocal Field Day October 14
  • DPI’s Rod Bourke on beekeeping for productivity
  • Around the clubs. Warré thoughts
  • Inveterate Inventor vs candy
  • Club contacts. Links

Parramatta newsletter - August 2017

Parramatta newsletter - August 2017

In this Issue

  • Are you in the market for a new extractor?
  • New Biosecurity Act of 2016
  • July Event – Christmas in July Dinner, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - Summary
  • August Club Event – Swarm Management and Capture – Norm Webb
  • Feature – Another tried and tested method of melting Wax - Microwave oven vs Conventional oven
  • Supplementary feeding of bees using external feeders
  • Are you swarm ready?
  • Club Library
  • First spring hive inspection
  • Spring management of bees
  • Why is it best to wait for spring to remove an established nest?
  • 2017 Quick Reference to key position holder’s contacts
  • Beekeeper Training Available
  • Club Shop
  • ABA Fees 2017
  • Training Certificates
  • Future events - 2017, 2018

Mid North Coast newsletter - July 2017

Mid North Coast newsletter - July 2017

It is a bit risky to requeen at this time of year, because of low food sources. But at Sharif’s, the bees were bringing in plenty of pollen, presumably from the clover in the grass, the Billygoat weed (purple flower), Fireweed (yellow flower), and  banana flowers in the background. The hives were in a nice sunny spot on top of a hill. There seemed to be no sign of winter.