Bee Scientifics

Pollen Up Close

These are some scanning electron micrographs we I took of bee collected pollen.  The first three pictures are from a  load of “yellow” pollen from some Eucalyptus species and last three are from a load of “orange” pollen of uncertain origin.  The next step is to collect pollen directly from plants to make a reference collection.  We can then compare the bee collect pollen against the reference collection to get a more solid idea of what the bees are actually foraging on!


Tasmanian Beekeeper’s Conference Coming Up!

Tasmanian Beekeepers Annual Conference will be held at Tall Timbers Hotel, Smithton on the 29/30th May, 2015

Tasmanian Beekeepers Association

Guest speakers include –

Dr Peter Brooks and Daniel Melconceilli, University of Sunshine Coast – A few pointers on producing active Tasmanian Manuka Honey and Authenticating the floral sources of Tasmanian Honey through chemical profilint, and their anit-flammatory activity.

Mr John Rawcliffe, NZ – UMF Honey Association’s Manuka ID Project

Ms Jody Gerdts – Hygienic Behaviour of Bees

Mr Ben Hooper – Beekeeping in SA & Nuffield Scholarship Report

Mr Sam Malfroy , Plant Health Australia – National Biosecurity Plan


Heat Sensing Camera Images!

Autumn has finally come in full force and with it cooler mornings that have enabled us to test out our new infrared (heat sensing) camera!

Here are some pictures of a few colonies in nesting cavities and in bee boxes .  Ambient temperature this morning was 7-8 C.

IRFeralNestMaldon_2This is a tree on theFeralNestLatrobe La Trobe University Bendigo campus that has a feral honey bee colony in a bird or bat nesting box.  The whitest part of the picture is the nesting box. It is surprising how much heat trees generate!



IRFeralNestMaldon7CFeralNestMaldonThe next three pictures are of another feral nest on the way to Maldon, Victoria from Bendigo.  You can see the heat from the tires of my ute and in the foreground the orangish pink indicating some heat from the tree.  The next picture is a close up of the tree hollow.

IRferalNestMaldonIRcluster7CIRCluster7C_2Finally, some pictures of bees in boxes.  You can see the yellow patch of the cluster in the bottom box of each of the double colonies and see some heat in the mid section of the nucs.  Each of the doubles has a solid 8 frames of bees and the nuc boxes have 5 frames of bees.