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Long live the queen bee ... but if she doesn't, the colony will prevail - 13th Jul 2018

Long live the queen bee ... but if she doesn't, the colony will prevail

In a honey bee colony, the queen bee rules while her daughter workers do nothing but work. So what happens when the queen dies? Are there worker riots, with the colony dissolving into a chaotic mess?

Surprisingly, no. In a study published in the journal Current Biology on Friday, Marianne Peso and her colleagues showed that while queenless bees do act a little more selfishly, they continue to work together to keep the colony going.

Read the full article here
 

Bee Awareness Month - September - 1st Sep 2017

Bee Awareness Month 2017 September is now "Bee Awareness" Month. No longer are we having a week in September to focus on the importance of bees and what we can do to help them, but the whole of September, giving plenty of time to plan an activity around Bee Awareness.

Check out the API NZ website and Trees for Bees.

The Dunedin Horticultural Society Autumn Show - 29th Apr 2017

The Dunedin Horticultural Society Autumn Show We were invited to set up a display and promote "Bee Awareness" at The Dunedin Horticultural Society annual Autumn Show on Saturday 29th April and Sunday 30th April 2017. It was held at Forbury Park Raceway in the Dungeon Bar.
 
At this show there was floral art, bonsai, cacti and succulents, fruit and vegatables, a photographic competition and entries of Autumn Flowers. Dave Rawson spoke about pickles, preserves etc. on the Saturday and Maree Johnston from Orokonui Ecosanctuary spoke on the Sunday. 

The team of club members from the Horticultural Society are a friendly group and we had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend speaking to a wide variety of people about bees and beekeeping.

 
 

NZ Beekeeping Field Day at Lincoln - 27th Aug 2016

NZ Beekeeping Field Day at Lincoln A varied and informative programme of topics was offered at the NZ Beekeeping's South Island Field Day held at Lincoln University on Saturday 27 August 2016. Approximately 120 attendees from throughout the South Island, and a few beekeepers from the North Island enjoyed the selection of speakers that shared their knowledge and expertise.

As well, a number of Trade Exhibits including Beeline Supplies set up displays for the day. It was great being able to catch up with existing customers, as well as meeting new ones.

Field Day at Matangi 2016 - 28th May 2016

Field Day at Matangi 2016 The first Field Day for Beekeeper's organised by the Honeybee Society, (now known as NZ Beekeeping), was held on Saturday 28 May, 2016 at the community hall at Matangi, approximately 15 mins drive out of Hamilton. 140 people attended the day. Topics on the programme included Nosema, Willow Aphid, Varroa and AFB, as well as a panel discussion on problems facing Beekeepers handling Honeydew honey and possible solutions. 

A number of trade displays were there, including Beeline Supplies. We were attending our first Field Day in the North Island. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new customers, as well as catching up with Beekeepers we have known for many years.

Bee Awareness at Mitre 10 Mega in Dunedin - 19th Aug 2013

Bee Awareness at Mitre 10 Mega in Dunedin To support Bee Awareness Month in Dunedin, Mitre 10 Mega had a display to promote Bee Awareness and to encourage people to plant Bee Friendly Plants. A number of groups were involved; including Beeline Supplies who loaned bee gear for the in store display and the live display hive that was in the Garden Centre for the weekend of 24th and 25th August.

Brian and Adrienne were also in store both days, as were Murray and Heidi from Rentahive, various members of the Otago NBA and the Dunedin Beekeepers' Club. There was a lot of interest and positive feedback from the public, particularly viewing the display hive, painted in Otago colours.

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