Bees in the cold part 3

  Bees in the cold part 3 Guest post written by Dean Haley     In this blog post I dig deeper into the properties of wooden boxes and foam insulation. We build an insulated cover and I test this with bees in Applethorpe QLD with temperatures as low as -2.4C In bees in the…

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Bees in the cold- Part2

Bees in the cold- Part 2 Guest post written by Dean Haley     A comparison of two T.carbonaria colonies in a temperate climate. Two colonies of T.carbonaria were taken to Gulgong, a town located in the central tablelands of NSW at Christmas time 2013. This area is characterised by hot summer temperatures sometimes exceeding…

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Bees in the cold

Bees in the cold Guest post written by Dean Haley     Stingless bees are widely regarded as being unable to control nest temperature like honey bees do. For the vast majority of stingless bees this is very true. Some species however, such as our T.carbonaria and A.australis extend into temperate areas with colder Winters…

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Interview with Ailton Fontana- Brazil

Interview with Ailton Fontana     Ailton Fontana Recently I conducted an interview with Brazil’s very well respected stingless bee keeper Ailton Fontana. I asked him his story of how he got started and quizzed him about indigenous stingless bee keeping in Brazil. As a part of furthering knowledge, I wanted to interview people from…

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Mating behaviour of A.australis

Mating behaviour of A.australis Written by Dean Haley   Unusual mating behaviour of A.australis has been observed by Allan Beil of QLD Australia. Allan has hundreds of australis colonies in glass topped boxes set up for observation.   Unlike other species of stingless bees in Australia, australis queens appear to mate in the box and…

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Growing weak colonies

Growing weak colonies Guest post by Dean Haley       I’d like to share a range of strategies for growing weak colonies. Some of these I’ve copied from others and some I’ve tried by myself. None of this is rocket science and I think these are all methods tried by a lot of people…

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