Finally i have one of Tony Goodrichs’ boxes, supplied by Melissa at Sydney Stingless Bees. These boxes are the most sold boxes in Australia and I thought it’d be good to have a look at them and try it out for myself. I’m trying out Tim Heard’s Pollination Box also – here’s the link to that article – http://nativebeehives.com/pollinationboxsugarbag/
I split a hive box and will put the top half of this one on top of the Goodrich Box to begin transferring bees in to it.
Below, you can see entrance tube in the center of the photo. The bees build a long entrance tube that leads up in to the hive. This creates a good defense as any intruders have to make it a fair distance in to the tube and will be dealt with by hundreds of bees within the tube.
Below, the bottom half is the Goodrich Box.
Below, placed back in position to collect all the foragers waiting. I’m not too sure about the little black right angle entrance tube so i left it off. I guess it’s intended as an entrance defense and also to keep rain out.
to be continued….