Author Archives: Neal Costello

Honey Extraction Kits

Honey Extraction Kits – for loan to SBA members:

The kits comprise:
*   Electric knife, with stand
*   Extractor
*   Two semi-circular Perspex lids for the extractor – these are easily damaged – best wrapped in bubble-wrap when not in use
*   Legs for raising the extractor to a convenient height if required *
*   Wax bucket
*   50kg settling tank with strainer

Terms: Available for loan to SBA members – deposit required but otherwise free of charge. A $50 deposit is required for the kits with manual extractors, and $100 deposit for the kits with electric extractors; these deposits are refundable if the kits are returned in clean, undamaged working order.

As at 15th March 2021:    5 kits are available:

Kit No 1. Includes a manual extractor. Managed by Roger Walker, Bonnet Hill, 0415 609 212
Kit No 2. Includes a manual extractor. Managed by Claire Martindill, Acton Park, 0437 651 171
Kit No 3. Includes an electric extractor. Managed by Roger Walker, Bonnet Hill, 0415 609 212
Kit No 4. Includes an electric extractor. Managed by Andrew Edwards, Lindisfarne, 0439 403 536
Kit No 5. Includes a manual extractor. * no legs. Managed by Kathryn Kirk, Rosetta, 0437 962 898

Not quite medicinal honey

A hospital in Wales had a sticky situation on their hands with two colonies in the walls, so they called in the Tree Bee Society to remove them. Continue Reading

Feel like your bees understand you? New research suggests a reason

“The genetic pathway toward social behavior for honey bees and mammals is more similar than previously thought, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology titled “Conservation in Mammals of Genes Associated with Aggression-Related Behavioral Phenotypes in Honey Bees.” Social animals have complex lives, where development and survival are dependent on social interaction. Many animals including humans,… Continue Reading

Myrtle Rust Biosecurity Advisory

Myrtle Rust vigilance needed over summer Biosecurity Advisory 29/2015 Tasmanians are urged to lookout for signs of myrtle rust to ensure any new detections of the fungal disease can be dealt with swiftly and effectively. Warm summer temperatures and humid conditions create an ideal environment for myrtle rust. As at 10 December 2015 there is… Continue Reading

Does Royal Jelly Make a Queen Bee?

According to new research, Royal Jelly Isn’t What Makes a Queen Bee a Queen Bee. Rather it is the absence of substances found in bee bread which triggers the development of ovaries. Some interesting implications to the supposed benefits of eating Royal Jelly can be drawn from this. Continue Reading

Global Initiative for Honeybee Health Launched

CSIRO have announced a program to improve our understanding of the behaviour of honeybees. The Global Initiative for Honeybee Health is “an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, industry and technology companies set up to research the threats to bee health in order to better understand bee colony collapse and find solutions that will help secure crop pollination.”… Continue Reading

Access To Leatherwood

The following article has been written in response to many enquiries that have been received from relatively new beekeepers about how to access leatherwood.  It describes the current situation in southern Tasmania. Public or private land:  There are a few private landholdings within bees’ flying distance of stands of leatherwood trees, but these are generally… Continue Reading

Southern Tasmanian Standard Hive Design

This standard has been developed in response to the plethora of different Langstroth beehive parts in use in Tasmania all claiming to be ‘standard’ but often proving to have compatibility problems one with another. Manufacturers adopting this standard must acknowledge the source and may specify “Manufactured to the Southern Tasmanian Standard” or “Complies with the… Continue Reading

Mead with a health boost!

Lund University researchers Alejandra Vasquez and Tobias Olofsson have previously shown in lab experiments that 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the stomach of bees counteract antibiotic-resistant MSRA. Now, the two researchers have launched a mead drink made from honey and water, containing those same bacteria: Honey Hunter’s Elixir. Continue Reading