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​Bee ID

When you first start beekeeping, you’ll probably be able to ID the queen – but anything beyond that might be a struggle. Bee society is made up of distinctly different types of bee, each with its own role in the hive.
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Honey bee anatomy

We all know bees are insects with six legs and wings, but many of us only have a fuzzy idea of bee anatomy beyond that. Knowing how your bees’ bodies help them perform their tasks in the hive helps you know what to look for when you observe them. Here’s our basic guide to bee anatomy.
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Little-known locals

New Zealand is home to 28 species of native bee, but most people wouldn’t recognise one buzzing past in the garden. Unlike their brightly coloured, social, honey-making cousins, native bees are mostly black, they lead solitary lives, and honey-making is not on their agenda.
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How to get kids involved in beekeeping

Kids and beekeeping may not seem like natural partners. After all, beekeeping involves being patient, methodical and calm...
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Common beekeeping mistakes

New beekeepers face a steep learning curve. Beekeeping is part science, part art, and it can take some time to get your head around the process.
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Selling your honey

Everyone knows that bees make honey, but beginner beekeepers are often surprised by exactly how much they produce.
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Beekeeping in the city

You don’t need a huge property to become a beekeeper. In fact, urban hives are becoming more and more common in New Zealand...
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Spring Beekeeping

Spring is nearly here, the days are getting longer, and it's time to get ready for increased population and swarming.
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Starting Beekeeping

Whether you want 1 or 1000 hives, beekeeping can be a hugely rewarding hobby. Beehives take time; they need to be managed carefully...
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