Birds, Bees & Trees

Birds and bees eat nectar and pollen and so the trees get pollinated. However it is just a little more complicated than that. I have been watching  my bees taking Grevillea flower nectar to make bees honey and lorikeet parrots supping it to fuel their high speed...

Pollen

Flowering in my local area of the Illawarra are bottlebrush(Callistermon) and paperbark(Melaleuca d). They are both excellent nectar and pollen producers avidly collected by honey bees and birds. The former is a red and the latter a white pollen. Bees are attracted to...

B.. Shit

Observed one of my hives this morning and suddenly saw thousands of house bees emerge and take flight in lazy spirals round the hive and yard. It’s the bee’s ablution flight. This takes place at the nicest time of the day weatherwise and for ten minutes or so. Many of...

Requeening a spring swarm hive

I collected a medium size swarm a week ago which issued from a local backyard hive. It was 10 m from its home hive on the trunk of a small apple tree 1m off the ground. I shook them into a cardboard box  then had a beer with the owner  as they all marched...