Our honey bee hives have been growing strongly since they arrived at the UNE farm in May. The colonies have grown so much the hives are now three storeys high! They aren't producing honey yet, but the word is that brood production is going gangbusters.
We've just bought six nucleus hives from Calla Tessling and combined them to make four new honey bee colonies. We are building up each colony to use in our glasshouse pollination experiments in September. The hives made it safely to Armidale and are set up on UNE's SMART Farm. After a crash course in basic beekeeping from Bruce White a few weeks ago, our team, led by Carolyn, are making sure they stay safe over winter.