Bee Scientifics

Tasmanian Beekeeper’s Conference Coming Up!

Tasmanian Beekeepers Annual Conference will be held at Tall Timbers Hotel, Smithton on the 29/30th May, 2015 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 … Read moreTasmanian Beekeeper’s Conference Coming Up!

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!

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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.

In Search of the Super Bee?

Originally Printed in the Australian Bee Journal February 2015 With the absence of Varroa, access to quality nutrition and no harsh winters, Australian honey bees are faring quite well compared to their counterparts around the world. We haven’t seen major colony losses and haven’t had to conduct wide-scale investigations into “what’s killing our bees” because, … Read moreIn Search of the Super Bee?

Bee Self Defence- Hygienic Behaviour

Bee Self Defence- Hygienic Behaviour Part 1 Originally printed in the October 2014 issue of the Australian Bee Journal Humans and Bees Humans have had a relationship with honey bees (Apis mellifera) for a long time. From the earliest honey hunters to beekeepers managing apiaries, we have used their honey and propolis as food and … Read moreBee Self Defence- Hygienic Behaviour

Onion Pollination Underway

What’s red and white and has buzz all over it?  Onion pollination in Riverina, Victoria of course! Onions grown for seed are quite a sight-long rows of green stems with tufted white inflorescences (a group of flowers) on top.  In order for these inflorescences to shoot up in early summer making flowers and seeds, the onion … Read moreOnion Pollination Underway

Cover Picture of Australian Bee Journal!

Published Bee Picture! The latest issue of the Australian Bee Journal is quite special for Bee Scientifics!  The cover features a photo called “waiting for rain to end” taken by the company’s proprietor, Jody Gerdts, in her apiary in Minnesota.  The picture was one of two award winning photos from the Victorian Apiarist’s Association annual … Read moreCover Picture of Australian Bee Journal!