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  1. 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*

  2. 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*

  3. Beekeeping in Queensland • WHY HONEY? • 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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  7. 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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  9. 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)*

  10. Beekeeping in Queensland • Honey Comb

  11. 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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  13. 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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  15. 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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  17. 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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  22. Beekeeping in Queensland • A Bee is an Insect • Head • Thorax • Abdomen • 4 Wings • 6 Legs

  23. Beekeeping in Queensland • THE END