Went along to the Auckland bee club today with Rocky. It seemed the turn out was lower, perhaps due to the Rugby world cup.
Today we discussed swarms and how to catch them and signs to look for in your hives that a swarm might happen.
Signs to look for are:-
- Bees are covering all frames and are overcrowded.
- The bees are building comb on the hive mat under the roof.
- The bees have started making Queen cells.
Some of the talks were drowned out by an Air force helicopter that landed at unitec for some reason. It then flew over the club rooms, we suspect looking for swarms in the trees
I must get on the clubs “Swarm list” to pick up swarms this season to try to recover my apiary
Interesting to see Martins latest invention from his laboratory. A self-cleaning bee hive with an attached vacuum cleaning. No not really it was a box to extract bees from cut outs. A cut out is a group of bees that have taken up residence in a cavity such as a tree or a buildings roof.
Great to see Oliva winning the “Inter bee club trophy” for the best honey in New Zealand, a great honour for Olivia and the club.
We had to leave earlier today to take advantage of the great weather and get some KiwiMana mesh boards painted. Thanks to everyone that has ordered one.
Thanks for reading…Gary