Jeff discussed how to make a bee escape board when reducing your hive to one box of brood one box of honey and a feeder for winter.
Pests to watch out for when storing your frames over winter.
Greater and lesser wax moth and their eggs.
Franklin Clubs excellent page on wax moths Varroa – making sure you put in your treatments for varroa and alternate the type of treatment to make sure your treatment has the greatest effect ridding your hive of varroa mite.
If you have honey to take off you can store it as comb in the freezer over winter.
If you have rogue comb, how to extract the honey simply and easily.
If you have weak hives or lose a queen at this stage the best thing to do is to marry up the hives using the simple newspaper method
The new small hive beetle project is another example of a project based on biosecurity threat priorities. While small hive beetle isn’t known to be present in New Zealand, its proximity to our country means it’s a threat worth being prepared for.
This new project is unique in that it calls on volunteer beekeepers from the community to maintain traps in one of their hives. The exotic beetle traps are primarily checked by the volunteer, with the Biosecurity New Zealand surveillance team offering support. If they come across any suspect organisms during their routine checks, they will report these right away.
Beekeepers interested in joining the small hive beetle surveillance programme should visit the project page.
Small hive beetle is not present in New Zealand. It is a notifiable organism, which means sightings of small hive beetle should be reported as soon as possible to Biosecurity New Zealand by:
calling the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66, or
The larvae of small hive beetle cause the most damage. They tunnel through comb and consume honey, brood, and pollen. The larvae also spread a yeast, called Kodamaea ohmeri, which ferments and spoils honey and may pose a risk of causing infection in humans.
How small hive beetle could arrive
Small hive beetle could reach New Zealand as a hidden stowaway on a range of goods. Pupae and larvae can slow their own growth which means they can hide out for long periods of time – weeks to months – before they emerge as adults. Adult beetles are capable of flying up to 15 kilometres, so could easily move between apiaries.
As president of our club, after consultation with some members, some emails received and given
the current state of affairs in regard to Covid, I have come to the conclusion that we must cancel the Field Day this coming Saturday.
Ara and the university are suffering an outbreak of Omnicom and Covid, as indeed are a number of people in gathering places both in Christchurch and other towns. Over 100,000 people to date have been recorded with this disease in NZ. Some members are definitely nervous.
As your President I have made the arbitrary call to protect our members: no matter how insignificant the risk is by wearing masks and social distancing.
I alone will be held responsible for this call. Even if you are vaccinated you can still pass this disease on, particularly to children etc.
If you have a bee problem, or wintering down query, call Hive Master Gordon Nairn 0275389568 or any member or myself.
I have been extracting honey in my kitchen for about 4 years, using a three-frame extractor. I have got this down to a reasonably fine art without too much mess and I’m inviting interested newbies to visit me in my home to watch my procedure.
I plan to extract next Saturday morning, 26 Feb, beginning 10.30am and lasting for about one hour.
I live in Ashgrove Tce close to Princess Margaret hospital. There is room in my kitchen for 4 to 5 people.
If you are interested please phone me 0278 249 059. Valda
We had a great get together with 27 attendees yesterday. It was easy to pack those jars and lids together after having a chat, a hot sausage and some of Irene’s delicious chocolate cake. Thanks team for all your work. We even got to check out the storage space up in the whare. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the next fine Field Day, now we have a number of hives on site and honey spinning to be done.