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Beekeepers on the rise in NZ, while varroa threat lessons

Submitted by on July 26, 2013 – 4:01 pm 3 Comments

Honey Bee on the comb by David.nikonvscanon on flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonvscanon/906727708/sizes/m/There’s hope for the honey bee yet!

Despite threat to the honey bee species by varroa mite, demand for honey and the pollination of crops has lead to an increase in hives around New Zealand.

Stuff reports that registered beehives are up by 7% to 450,000 from last year, wit the honey crop increasing from 10% about 10,300 tonnes.  The North Island is experiencing a particular increase in beekeeping.

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  • bburn says:

    The lesson for today is… lessens.

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  • Janet says:

    Great article , it is so good to hear about the increase of Beekeepers. The one way we will save the honey bee is to get more supported backyard Beekeepers in nz. Do you know the above image is of a hover ( drone) fly rather than a honey bee?

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  • Charlotte says:

    Hi there Janet,
    thanks for letting me know :-) I dipped into an old supply of honey bee pics from a few years back when I was writing about this issue … how’s this pic? This is also marked ‘honey bee’ in my files.

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