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Bee Venom Collector, Equipment

i see there is a quiet a big interest about bee venom collecting, and where can get the equipment. so here we will discuss where to buy collectors, and how to properly store venom.Continue

Tags: apitoxin, collector, venom, bee

Started by Jaime J. Bliss Feb 13, 2016.

More than one Queen 3 Replies

I took out the varroa strips from my hive today, and had a check.  The frames in the bottom box were very mouldy, so I have removed them, leaving the box empty.  Built a stand to elevate the hive…Continue

Started by Maree W. Last reply by Gary and Margaret - Kiwimana Aug 19, 2013.

Beekeeping Club in Rotorua? 3 Replies

I am new to beekeeping. I did a beginners course and have a hive in my backyard but no bees yet. Is there a club in Rotorua or maybe Pyes Pa area in Tauranga? I am keen to collect a swarm but have…Continue

Started by Judy. Last reply by Sandra Lomas Jul 19, 2013.

RE: Help please: Bees (question from Jacqui Knight) 3 Replies

Hi Jacqui,I got your question in an Oooby email but it doesn't seem to link to where you posted it so I am starting a new discussion. Hope you find it.Use branches of Wormwood (Artemisia…Continue

Started by Liz. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Kali on July 15, 2011 at 11:11am

Has anyone looked into the bottom boards made with tubes to help with varroa infestation, a variation is made and marketed in France

but expensive to import, any thoughts

Comment by Tony Ross on May 20, 2011 at 10:03pm
Hi I have just shifted to Auckland from Dunedin and had to sell my hivesbefore leaving I am looking for a nuc of bees or a box that maybe someone doesn't want to look after over the winter so are keen to sell or take a cut from the honey flow
Comment by Christopher Dempsey on April 7, 2011 at 11:52am

Interesting story about bee adaptation to environmental problems...



Comment by Janet Luke on March 17, 2011 at 1:55pm

Hi Everyone, There is a new American made film called Queen of the Sun, soon to be released. It is advertised as'a thought provoking film showing how the humble bee is so crucial to human survival.  It is screening at Rialto cinemas nationwide from 22 April, 2011.


May be worth seeing with your popcorn and Jaffa's.

Comment by Erin Fae on March 16, 2011 at 4:55pm
I want to manage a hive in someone else's garden, and share the honey and wax, etc. Is anyone in central auckland interested in having a hive in their backyard? Send me a message.
Comment by Christy Ralphs on March 14, 2011 at 5:30pm
Hi everyone - Marcia Meehan has kindly agreed to run a top bar beekeeping workshop for us on Waiheke, on Sunday 3 April from 1pm-5pm. If you are in Auckland and want to come on over to our beautiful isle you would be welcome. Cost $50. Email me on if you would like to participate. Marcia will also be holding a 30minute intro talk at the Fossil Bay Harvest Fayre (58 Korora Rd, Oneroa) from 1030-1100 on the same day – koha appreciated. Look out for the signs at the fayre.
Comment by Raven on March 9, 2011 at 8:41pm
Hey everyone, just letting you all know that there's a Green Party fundraiser on for those in Wellington showing the new documentary film "Queen of the Sun". It looks really good! The trailer is here Tickets are $25 with drinks and snacks provided. Email me at if you're keen :) Thanks!
Comment by Sarah Heeringa on March 8, 2011 at 11:14pm

Hi Christy,

We have lots of high res images from when we did a feature in Good

about building your own top bar hive.  I'll see if I can dig them out.

Comment by Christy Ralphs on March 7, 2011 at 9:06am
Hi all, I'm writiing an article on beekeeping for one of our local papers, and I'm very keen to get hold of a print quality photo of a top bar beehive (i.e. 1MB or more) If you have one you would be willing to let me use (happy to credit), could you email it to - I need it by this Wed 9 March. Thanks!!
Comment by Stillcookin on February 22, 2011 at 7:40pm
I pray that you are all safe.

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