Honey Extractors Every hobby beekeeper either has access to a honey extractor or would love to have one of their own but is it really necessary to own one? Honey extractors certainly are the best way to extract your honey.  Some clubs hire them out.  Maybe get a group together and share the cost if […]

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Manuka Vs Kanuka. There is no doubt that kanuka is the poor cousin of the two but what really makes the difference? First let’s look at appearances.  The flowers:  (Of course, you cannot use this as an indicator when there are no flowers!)   Manuka has larger single flowers that are spread over the bush while […]

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Apimondia 2019 Well, it’s a long way from NZ to Apimondia 2019 in Montreal! 14 1/2 hours to Vancouver, then another 5 hours across Canada to the beautiful city of Montreal on the banks of the mighty St Laurence Seaway. The weather was pleasant with 12 degree mornings up to 18 degrees during the day. […]

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Colony losses in North America have reached record highs over the past winter (2018-2019) due to many factors. Extreme weather conditions in North America have had a dramatic effect on the bee population this past winter. The annual colony losses in North America this winter rose to 37.7%.  This is the highest since records started […]

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Comb Honey Production:  Is this the new honey boom after Manuka? Comb honey is honey contained within the original hexagon-shaped beeswax cells.  It has received no processing, filtering or manipulation therefore as a result it is the pure work of the bee.  Both the honey and wax are edible and this provides us with a […]

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How to use a Silicon Candle Mould Have you ever wondered what to do with that leftover beeswax from your pre-loved candles? Visit Hiveworld  Candlemaking Products to order your very own candle making supplies.  This will enable you to create uniquely beautiful recycled wax candles for either yourself or to gift to someone special.   […]

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Is there such a thing as Killer Bees? In 1956, Scientists in Brazil imported the African honey bee (Apis mellifera scutellata).  This was an  attempt to improve the European honey bee that was poorly adapted for their tropical conditions. In 1957 26 Queens accidentally escaped from quarantine and bred with European honeybees and the Africanised […]

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Wasp Trapping: There is a lot to think about when you are considering setting up wasp traps.  Because wasps and bees are closely related they are attracted by similar baits and repelled by similar substances.  This makes choosing a suitable bait quite tricky. Traditionally, we have understood that wasps are attracted to protein baits and […]

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