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OK . Not sure where to post this, as Grant generally moves things around to keep my ramblings neat and tidy ..... So, I been thinking about the State of the Nation today. The Beekeeping Nation. That was spurred by a look on Trade Me this morning .... I quite like to check out Jobs for Beekeepers as I might find something that would be more lucrative than what I pay myself .... but on reflection I bin there and done that , the six figure salary plus vehicle and bonus, plus, wait, there's...
The midday day sun strikes the verandah, chasing the frost to the shadows and catching the glint of silver spiders webs hanging from the rafters. The late summer colours paint the valley golden red , and the txt comes through on the phone ..... 'we working tomorrow Boss ...... fishings looking good ....' We is almost done on the bees for the year, just a bit of Honey Dew to pull and pump into a drum ..... God's own nectar for a guy I know who puts down a brew of mead to make us Invincible...
While it has become relatively straightforward to measure Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) levels in honeybee adults and off-spring with modern analysis methods it has not been so easy to study the possible transmission routes, and to differentiate one possible source from another. It had been shown many years ago that DWV can be transmitted when the queen lays eggs, and that drone semen can contain the virus, and more recently that varroa mites inject the viral particles when they feed. A clever...
Sooo, as the days shorten and we get our minds around hunkering down with a shed full of firewood and a freezer full of wild pig and venison ..... we are wintering our bees. All our hives are now sitting on Honey dew sites. The main crop is in the drum and we are thankfull for a good crop. Funnily enough , now is the time to prepare for next year..... I guess we'll do it againn next year... we listed the bees for sale on trade me a few months ago after I had a melt down when the...
More thoughts from the day ... not sure this is the place for it, but in an effort to lower Grant's stress level ..... We been on the bees again today, escaping honey, disease checking, and the Apivar arrived so we are putting that in too. The interesting part is looking at the hives , the strength of the bees at this time of year, and the crops they have produced. There was a lot of clover around this year, but the yields have been a bit ho hum. Hives that came home from the coast a month...
This goes 'Beyond Bee Books'. It is a really interesting Open Access publication released today, not just with pictures but moving pictures! I'll let the authors describe it: "In this study, we provide a comprehensive source of online video material that offers a view of honey bee behaviour within comb cells, thereby providing a new mode of observation for the scientific community and the general public...Our qualitative study provides insight into worker behaviours, including the use of...
OK ... so this part of the forum is about Glyphosate ... chemicals right .... I was gonna put it into the apiary diary as it was an event in February ..... but then I thought Grant might take umbrage.... so. Our game plan for the year was diversification, Split the risk with bees in multiple locations ..... I would have liked to have gone back up north and made some real coin, but the Missus said NO , so being a real bloke I kowtowed and obeyed . Instead we went East and West ...
Anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) is a serious allergic response that often involves swelling, hives, lowered blood pressure and in severe cases, shock. If anaphylactic shock isn't treated immediately, it can be fatal. A major difference between anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions is that anaphylaxis typically involves more than one system of the body. Symptoms usually start within 5 to 30 minutes of coming into contact with an allergen to which an individual is allergic. In some cases...