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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 Gee. Last reply by rosie walford May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Pbee on August 25, 2012 at 9:13pm

Hi fiona,

you may be interested reading this...

Comment by fiona watt on August 25, 2012 at 8:20pm

HI people, Sorry to bother you.  Thought you might be interested in this info below.

and mates come to NZ: Join the events in Rotorua next weekend (1-2 September)

alert your networks, and come to support events* protesting the AgBio
conference in Rotorua, where Monsanto's Vice-president is a key note speaker.
Public events will start from mid-day Saturday 1st September with a vigil, and
culminate with a rally at 3pm Sunday 2nd September, outside the conference
launch (Rotorua Energy Events Centre Queens Drive Government Gardens).

Monsanto and others at AgBio 2012 want to force acceptance of Genetic
Engineering in New Zealand, including contamination of organic food.

We need to show support for GE-free and organic production in New Zealand, and
to tell Monsanto, DuPont, Dow and the others that their business is not welcome
here. Invite your friends and be there for one day or both, with placards,
musical instruments, drums, fancy dress - anything to make theses days fun as
well as a visible expression of public concern.

Events include a Public Meeting on 2pm Sunday with speakers addressing the
scientific and economic threat from GE. Details can be found at:



Comment by Eve Tamara on August 24, 2012 at 9:02pm

Thanks Gary.

I don't have any old combs as it is my very first beehive.  I will definitely do that with the lemongrass oil though.  Cheers.

Comment by Eve Tamara on August 24, 2012 at 6:45pm

Can I use a brand new hive as a bait hive?  And if so - does anyone have any tips or ideas?  I have the lemongrass oil ready to go in.

Comment by Grant on August 19, 2012 at 9:49pm

What are you all doing for bee week 20th to 24th August?

NZ Bee Week 2012

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on August 17, 2012 at 3:57pm

Thanks. I should have got it from Bee club but by the time I heard from Paul that they had some in stock I had paid twice as much as I needed to from Ceracell. In any even the new hive is up and running.

Comment by Fiona Drummond on July 24, 2012 at 6:29pm

Nicholas, both plastic & steel mesh is available from Ceracell.

Comment by Julie Martin on July 24, 2012 at 12:05pm

Hi Nicholas - the mesh I use is steel whitebaiting mesh that you can get from any rod and gun shop.

Comment by Janet Luke on July 24, 2012 at 10:22am

Hi Nicholas, I buy stainless steel varroa mesh from They are based in Rotorua but will post.

Comment by Nicholas Mayne on July 24, 2012 at 9:57am

I got a nucs coming earlier than I expected so I need to quickly finish a raised langstroth base I am building for the hive. I urgently need a sheet of mesh for the bottom; any ideas where to get one quickly?


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