Beekeeper Xandra Helbers provides beehives on top of a pavilion at Adelaide Showground

High above the hum of traffic in a suburb of Adelaide, Wayville, some 50,000-70,000 bees are buzzing. Xandra Helbers is the third beekeeper to manage the beehives on the roof of the show grounds – a responsibility she took on amid the COVID pandemic. “Not everyone can have a beehive in their yard… so by … Read more

Almond industry heads towards self-fertilizing future as varroa mite biosecurity threat is analysed

A Sunraysia farmer “thanks his lucky stars” for producing a commercial almond crop this year during the Varroa mite outbreak in New South Wales, after planting hundreds of self-fertilizing almond trees. Most important points: No permit is required for moving beehives in and out of Sunraysia There is still a ban on interstate bee movements … Read more

Pesticide use kills 50 percent of honeybees in Punjab and Haryana, experts say – The New Indian Express

CHANDIGARH: Punjab, the country’s third largest honey producer, is now facing a peculiar situation. For the first time, a large number of honeybees have died in Punjab and Haryana. As a result of spraying pesticides on crops such as cotton, bajra, paddy and summer moon, at least 50 percent of honeybees have died in both … Read more

Bee populations face multiple challenges as Varroa mite and La Niña make for a difficult spring

As spring flowers begin to bloom and temperatures rise, vulnerable bee populations are beginning to pop up for what will be their busiest time of year. La Nina But the predicted wet La Niña conditions could pose a challenge to bees searching for pollen among limited flowering plants, in their efforts to support healthy hives … Read more

How a Northlander translated an 1849 te reo Māori book on bees into English

Northlander Joy Ngaropo-Hau, pictured here with husband Lou at their home in Hokianga, recently translated an 1849 book on beekeeping from te reo Māori into English. Photo / Amanda Trayes Telling the stories of the north is a passion for te reo Māori translator Joy Ngaropo-Hau, whose recent work has included unraveling the mysteries of … Read more

Wildlife recovery project leads to cold fusion honey business for beekeepers in Sunshine Coast

When Leisa and Tony Sams bought a farm and reconnected the forest land that had been divided for a century, they never imagined where it would lead them. Seven years later, they produce an award-winning range of pure raw honey infused with flavors such as organic ginger, turmeric, lemon myrtle, rose petals, chili, cinnamon, lavender, … Read more

Napa’s most vibrant residents aren’t oenophiles, they’re bees

Drop the corkscrew and get away from the bottle of Georges de Latour Private Reserve – there’s a better way to buzz in Napa. Lord knows that Northern California’s prosperous wine country is teeming with wasps, but are you familiar with the real honeybees? It’s crawling. Close your eyes for a meditative moment, activate your … Read more

How a Northlander translated an 1849 te reo Māori book on bees into English

Northlander Joy Ngaropo-Hau, pictured here with husband Lou at their home in Hokianga, recently translated an 1849 book on beekeeping from te reo Māori into English. Photo / Amanda Trayes Telling the stories of the north is a passion for te reo Māori translator Joy Ngaropo-Hau, whose recent work has included unraveling the mysteries of … Read more

Two months, 99 infected sites and still no answers about where the bee parasite’s varroa mite came from

Since the Varroa mite was found in Newcastle harbor two months ago, everyone from horticulturalists to large companies has been keeping a close eye on day-to-day developments. Now, 99 infected hive sites later, the threat of the deadly bee parasite persists to the $70 million-a-year Australian honey industry and the industries that rely on pollination. … Read more