Saturday, 10 May 2014

honey bees SLOW MOTION flight at beehive entrance Beekeeping 101

Slow motion video of Australian Mahakobees Honey Bees (Apis Meliffera) flying in and out a beehive in an apiary and the guard bees close up. This video shows the honey bees entering and leaving the beehive in slow motion. It is interesting to see the guard bees checking each bee as it enters the hive. We have entrance reducers in place to reduce the potential threat of hive beetles, wax moth, competitive robber bees, or yellow jacket wasps entering and causing damage to our bees. You can also see that some hives have a landing strip and some don't. We are trialing different configurations to see which is best, but at this stage, it seems to make little difference to the honey production, hive health and strength or the general daily activities. If anything, the landing strip would seem to spread the guard bees a little more, and perhaps opening up the hive to larger threat of unwanted guests entering. We will see what the long term effect may be.

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Propane BLOWTORCH replacement for heat treating beekeepers equipment

Dear Beekeeping enthusiasts,

This is a short video showing the propane blowtorch we use and how to replace the propane handheld blowtorch cartridge, canister or bottle. We use it to heat treat our beekeeping equipment, tools, frames, hives and anything that will not melt but needs to be treated against viruses, diseases or to kill off any Wax Moth eggs that may be hiding in the cracks and around the frame wires. It also covers the self igniting torch head and some costs of replacement. We have a few more videos we are putting together now and will upload in the next few days, so check back soon. Please click the thumbs up, comment, subscribe and share this video if you find it useful or helpful or think others may. We very much appreciate it.

Have a great day.


Music composed, performed and provided by Groovey - Adam Kubát a Pavel Křivák. You can visit their website on:

Also, a big thank you goes to Kevin McLeod for providing his royalty free music "Super Friendly". We appreciate your kind contribution.

More usage information can be found throughout the web, but here is a brief summary from I came across:


    • 1
      Remove the plastic cap from the propane tank male connector and check the torch's flame adjustment knob. It should be turned clockwise to the "Off" position.
    • 2
      Screw the torch connector securely onto the tank connector.
    • 3
      Turn the flame adjustment knob counterclockwise until you hear gas hissing.
    • 4
      Point the torch nozzle in a safe direction away from you and ignite the gas by activating the striker 2 inches from the tip of the nozzle.
    • 5
      Adjust the flame with the flame adjustment knob until you have a pointed blue flame with a hint of yellow at the tip. The torch is now ready to use.
    • 6
      Turn the flame adjustment knob clockwise to the "Off" position when you are finished using the torch. Place the torch in an upright position, away from anything flammable, and allow the torch to cool before storing. The tip of the nozzle will remain hot for several minutes after using the torch.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use a cigarette lighter to light a torch. This is extremely dangerous. The torch flame can melt the lighter and cause it to explode.
  • A propane torch can reach very high temperatures and there are many factors to consider when it comes to safety. Read the safety manual provided with the torch kit carefully.