The Feb 22 workshop in Peachester featured a demonstration of a clean split of two logs containing Tetragonula Carbonaria (TC) and Austroplebeia Australis (AA) stingless bee hives which were rescued from cleared bush land. We covered the difficult process of splitting the hives and the subsequent transfer to a Brymac Box

You can clearly see at no time was the cavity with the bees inside breached with the chainsaw. The chainsaw assists in splitting the log open at the perfect point for a clean rescue with no leaking honey

Vertical separation reduces risk of dust in the cavity. I propped the log up with a star picket and screwed it in to avoid movement. This is safer and prevents all dust entering the cavity.

The dust free result of the AA hive

The AA brood

AA Queen on a walk about

A baby AA posing for the camera. The pollen sack at the rear tells us this is a female worker.

The AA Queen cell almost ready to hatch

The TC hive was very difficult to access. It was deep within the knot where a branch joined the trunk.

The brood was broken and messy, but the TC Queen was very active

A TC on the greek basil