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It will consist of Q&A, technical sessions on splitting hives, queen rearing and swarm control.


Members are reminded that business meetings will be held every second month during 2021 alternating with more practical sessions, Q&A, seasonal jobs to do and guest speakers at intervening meetings.



                                                                              STBA Annual Dinner 2021

                                                                 Wednesday 22nd September 6.30 for 7pm

                                                                    Riverfront Motel and Villas Restaurant

                                                                             11 Strathaven Drive, Rosetta

               Please reply to before Monday 20th September with your name(s) and any dietary requirements. 

               Payments to be made on the night.



Register to collect Honey Samples for the Australian Honey Library project

REGISTER TO COLLECT HONEY SAMPLES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN HONEY LIBRARY PROJECT B-QUAL has commenced collecting honey samples for our Federal Government funded Australian Honey Library and Delivering QA honey traceability project.  We are now seeking registrations from B-QUAL members and the general beekeeping industry to volunteer to supply samples of Australian Honey for database inclusion… Continue Reading

Junior Beekeeping

A Tasmanian Junior Beekeeping Group was established in 2017.  It didn’t take long for it to start thriving, thanks to energetic volunteers – they have even harvested honey from their hives.   The group generally meets near Richmond, and welcomes 7 to 17 year olds who are curious about the delights of bees and beekeeping.… Continue Reading

Show Us Your Bees!

From the ABC about its collaborative project between ABC Organic Gardner magazine and ABC Books: With bees in decline all over the world, we want to celebrate Aussie backyard beekeepers. That is why we are so excited to launch a call out to find true stories and photos from beekeepers of all kinds and from… Continue Reading

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