bee pollen feeding bees honey bee food

What is Bee Pollen and Why Does it Matter? According to Fat and Skinny Bees – a manual on honey bee nutrition for beekeepers by Doug Somerville, the pollen normally collected by worker honey bees is crucial to raising strong honey bee colonies. As foraging worker bees fly through the air and their furry little…

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The continued logging of natives like Jarrah and Marri in WA has environmentalists alarmed. And the trend could mean lost opportunities for beekeepers too. Karri, Marri and Jarrah forests are highly valuable and irreplaceable resources for many beekeepers. But despite public concern over deforestation and the ongoing work of scientists and activists, forests like these…

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feeding honey bees sugar syrup

While honey bees have mastered the art of producing and storing honey for their survival, supplementary feeding is practised by beekeepers all over the world. Why do we need to feed bees? There are many reasons why beekeepers may need to provide supplementary food to a hive. Beginner beekeepers, in particular, may misjudge how much…

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beehive removed from Perth Mint

After a decade long residence in a chimney at heritage listed The Perth Mint, a beehive has been re-homed by a local beekeeper. Community News reported this morning that after ten years in a chimney of The Perth Mint, a resident beehive has been re-homed thanks to a conscientious staff member. After becoming aware of…

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After the Great Australian Bee Challenge Stu Jade

Stuart “Stu” Saxby reflects on the lessons he learned as a beginner beekeeper on The Great Australian Bee Challenge. Recently aired on the ABC, we were thrilled to see The Great Australian Bee Challenge showcase backyard beekeeping on prime time, free-to-air television. The premise was simple. Hosted by River Cottage Australia’s Paul West, four families…

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Image of dead bee on wood for Bee2Bee Beekeeping Supplies The Buzz blog post Imagining a World Without Bees

With Chinese farmers hand pollinating apple and pear orchids and corporations designing ‘robo-bees’, are we really that close to a world without bees? The threats to bees worldwide aren’t going away. From habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity and natural food resources, the effects of pesticides and herbicides (directly on bees or their environments), to climate…

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wonder of the waggle dance

A peek at the wondrous Waggle Dance, as narrated by the inimitable David Attenborough. If you were switched on the ABC’s programming mid last year, you may have been fortunate enough to catch a screening of the 2013 Smithsonian Channel series Micro Monsters with David Attenborough. Episode 3, “Family”, capture some of the best up…

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Beginner Beekeeping_ The Best Beehive Locations

Ian is often asked about the best beehive locations. Well, there are a few factors to consider, especially if you’re a backyard beekeeper with limited space and neighbours close by. 1. First, know the rules. Particularly relevant for urban beehives, your local council will have specific rules about how far from the fence line you…

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