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Beekeeping in Queensland. The honeybee (Apis mellifera) was introduced to Australia in 1810 by Samuel Marsden who imported an unknown number of colonies from England.

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beekeeping in queensland
Beekeeping in Queensland
  • The honeybee (Apis mellifera) was introduced to Australia in 1810 by Samuel Marsden who imported an unknown number of colonies from England.
  • The early settlers attempted to use the honeybees for pollination of fruit trees but the first attempts to establish bee colonies failed. A second successful introduction was made in 1822*
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Bees collect nectar, pollen and water each day to take back to the hive so that future generations can live.
  • The raw nectar comes from flowers. They mix this with secretions from their glands, thereby transforming it and after it is deposited in the comb, it ripens into honey after a few days*
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Honey is a quick, safe and natural energy giver because its simple sugars are quickly absorbed into the blood stream. Honey contains many vitamins and minerals.
  • Honey is made up of:
  • Natural sugars 80% (mainly levulose, Dextrose and glucose)
  • Moisture 17%
  • Mineral traces 3% *
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Queen bees live for 1 to 4 years
  • Drone bees live for 6 to 8 weeks
  • Worker bees live for 6 to 8 weeks*
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Queens can lay up to 2,000 eggs in 1 day.
  • (That is 1 egg every 43 .2 seconds)
  • It takes 21 days from an egg to a bee.
  • There are about 40,000 / 60,000 bees in each beehive.
  • Each bee frame has about 3,000 cells on each side of the frame. (6,000 cells per frame)*
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Bees are attracted to Dark colours which can excite them, so it is best to wear light colours & NOT dark. (Hats and Socks as well)
  • 100 bee hives can use up to 1,000 litres of water in a week, That's 10 litres per each bee hive each week.*
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Bees can beat their wings up to 200 times per Second as they fly. (They have 4 wings) This is how they make their buzzing noise.
  • Bees can carry 50% of there weight in a load of honey and a Jumbo can only carry about 25% of their weight.
  • Honey does not have a use by date, In Egypt they found honey that could be eaten after 2,000 years.*
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Bees need to eat about 7 kilograms of honey to make 1 kilogram of bees wax.
  • Pollen contains high levels of Protein, 1 kilogram of Pollen contains the same protein as 5 kilo of beef.
  • Bees use only about 1 teaspoon of honey to fly around the world.*
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • Honey Types
  • Blue Gum, Grey Gum
  • Tea Tree, Yellow Box
  • Brush Box, Spotted Gum
  • Iron Bark, Bloodwood
  • Stringybark, Gum-Top Box *
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Beekeeping in Queensland
  • A Bee is an Insect
  • Head
  • Thorax
  • Abdomen
  • 4 Wings
  • 6 Legs