Pests or not?
There’s a lot of different insects you’ll notice in your garden. Some don’t bother the bees at all and some can destroy your precious bee hive. Mostly the threat is from new larvae destroying the hive colony from the inside. Weak colonies are more at risk. The main two that
Hive Competition 2021 – Photos
The Brisbane Branch of the ANBA held their annual hive competition for the December 2021 meeting. Each year the Brisbane branch of the Australian Native Bee Association (ANBA) hosts a
Bee ID with Toby Smith
Native Bee Identification, Ecology & Beekeeping with Tobias Smith This was a one day workshop held at Qld Uni with a short presentation covering the basics then in to the
Craigslea State School Sustainability Project
Jen from Craigslea State School – Sustainability Project contacted me looking for photos she could use. Jen has gone to a lot of effort with this project, also putting together
Okinja Early Learning Centre and Alex Headlands Community Garden
Okinja Early Learning Centre recently received funding for new additions to their outdoor area. Kristy – Manager at Okinja said they’re setting up the new area with raised garden beds
Peter Davenport with Varsity Native Bees
John from Varsity Native Bees saw this nice looking empty wooden hive box at Little Bees Secret Garden at Canungra and had to have it, then invited Peter Davenport to
Redcliffe Garden Centre with Gregs Native Bees
Top photo: Ross and Greg Greg Coonan of Greg’s Native Bees held an info session at the Redcliffe Garden Centre. It’s my local and favourite nursery owned and run by
Log Cabin – Hive Duplication
I decided to set up one of my Log Cabins for Budding (Hive Duplication). This
Pests or not?
There’s a lot of different insects you’ll notice in your garden. Some don’t bother the
Cadaghi Seed & Resin
The contraversial topic of the Cadaghi – Corymbia torelliana Native to North Queensland, it’s classed
Native Stingless Bees – Tetragonula carbonaria
Updated: October 2021 We have 11 described species of Stingless Bees in Australia and more
Weak Hive – No Queen?
Photo: Weak hive that is recovering well with new brood Over the years we’ve seen
Stingless Bee Species Takeover
Species Takeover These two colonies are south of Brisbane in the Logan area. Both were
Building & Tests
Honey Super Designs & Testing
Stingless Bees can create their honey pots everywhere within the hive but it’s commonly thought
Does paint cause condensation?
The rumour: “If you paint your wooden hive box it will be like covering the
Landing pads / Front steps aren’t really necessary as bees can access and enter the
Splitting Plates and Bars
There’s a lot of theories and personal opinion around Stingless Bee Box designs, here I
Build or Buy Empty Boxes?
Should you start building your own boxes or just buy them? Many new hive owners
Gaps between frames can be a real problem with bee hives as they allow pests
What kind of box should i get?
There’s so many different designs of native bee boxes out there? When starting out you
Temperature Monitoring – Winter
*I’ll redo this article this year 2023 with some better information Lets make another “Can
Moisture Content & Wood Hives
This article is about moisture content and wood only, not humidity conditions for bee colonies.