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    Default Stingless bees from Philippines

    I just want to share my first stingless bee colonies. Hopefully they will survive!

    Any beekeepers who are willing to share their knowledge about bees is most welcome.


    The arrival




    Waiting to fly




    1st hive strong start




    2nd hive trying to keep up

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Honey Hive Farms,

    They are pretty small compared to the honey bees we have.
    Nice pictures

    Tim Moore
    Honey Hive Farms "Saving the world one bee at a time"
    www.HoneyHiveFarms.com

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Cute I saw them in Brazil. Only downside is they will only produce 500 g of Honey/year

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Thanks! It's true, they only store small amounts of honey. What I'm after are bee pollen and propolis. Also, they don't suffer from parasites (mites) and CCD

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    No stinger? How do they defend the hive?

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Well they actually have stingers but it's too small and soft to actually hurt. Instead, they bite or annoy intruders by going inside your nose, ears, etc.

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Here is my Do-It-Yourself Trigona pollination hive.











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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Here's an addition to my existing hive. This one I rescued from a local farmer who happens to believe that raising these bees is "goodluck" for gambling.

    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Transferred to another hive.


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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    An unexpected guest at our vegetable garden.

    Apis Cerana (Asian honeybee)




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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    great!!!
    u have a great colony..
    Thats apis florea right?? locally known as Kyut..

    by the way apo why are u using that hive box?? how are you going to split that colony??
    we've been studying this bees for quite a while now and we are using a COCONUT SHELL as a hive...splitting is so easy you just have to split the shell and form it gain..
    the bees will make their own queen sometimes 2 queens..

    i will be posting some pix regarding this wonderful bees..
    hoping to hear more from you!!

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by paul24 View Post
    great!!!
    u have a great colony..
    Thats apis florea right?? locally known as Kyut..

    by the way apo why are u using that hive box?? how are you going to split that colony??
    we've been studying this bees for quite a while now and we are using a COCONUT SHELL as a hive...splitting is so easy you just have to split the shell and form it gain..
    the bees will make their own queen sometimes 2 queens..

    i will be posting some pix regarding this wonderful bees..
    hoping to hear more from you!!
    Yes paul it is locally called Kyut or Kiyot but I believe this is not apis florea but Trigona biroi friese.

    In terms of the hive, it is called OATH(Original Australian Trigona hive). Splitting can be done by dividing the hive directly or soft splitting which I'm currently experimenting now. All these techniques I got from Australian stingless bee keepers. Also, Milea bee farm located in Luzon are using this hive. BTW, I was able to get my initial two hives from them.

    Please post pix of your stingless bees, let's try share our experiences and together learn about this wonderful creatures.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    BTW, I was also able to read about using coconut shell from a research in UPLB. The reason I didn't go that way is because my purchased hive was already using the OATH and it would be very difficult to transfer it to coconut shells. Another reason I read somewhere is that using OATH will have the advantage of more propolis production. Lastly, this hive would make it very easy to transfer from one place to another if ever I decide to do contract pollination in the future.

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Very interesting. Please keep those of us with no knowledge of these bees and methods informed.

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by heaflaw View Post
    Very interesting. Please keep those of us with no knowledge of these bees and methods informed.
    Thanks! We'll do our best.

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    when i got back to my mentors farm i will ask for a picture...

    sorry my bad its a apis florea...
    that's great!
    i think i know that place ..is that in bicol???
    ive been thinking of doins the same, taking care of KIYOT..
    but i will use the coconut shell first my mentor just thought me how to split it easily using the shells..
    then when i have enough I will do the OATH method,
    there are lots of native KiYOT here..the method using the shell is great when you are trying to transfer a native KIYOT to a permanent box or just build the colony in a progressive manner using additional shell..
    thanks for the info Apo i hope i can visit ur bees i have been to kidapawan due to the nature of my job..

    Is it true that Trigonas can have 2 queens???

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by paul24 View Post
    when i got back to my mentors farm i will ask for a picture...

    sorry my bad its a apis florea...
    that's great!
    i think i know that place ..is that in bicol???
    ive been thinking of doins the same, taking care of KIYOT..
    but i will use the coconut shell first my mentor just thought me how to split it easily using the shells..
    then when i have enough I will do the OATH method,
    there are lots of native KiYOT here..the method using the shell is great when you are trying to transfer a native KIYOT to a permanent box or just build the colony in a progressive manner using additional shell..
    thanks for the info Apo i hope i can visit ur bees i have been to kidapawan due to the nature of my job..

    Is it true that Trigonas can have 2 queens???
    Where is your mentors farm? I'm also interested in keeping european bees. Hopefully, you could share your experiences and techniques.

    By the way, my bees are just in my backyard currently and not in the farm. Soon, I will be relocating it so I could have many hives including honeybees.

    Right now I'm trying to learn how to process propolis or where I could sell them in the future.

    I have not yet heard about the bees having two queens. But now that you've shared it, I'll try to observed my hive.

    do you have bees now?

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    My first inspection of hive 1









    The beekeeper


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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Quote Originally Posted by coppermouse View Post
    Cute I saw them in Brazil. Only downside is they will only produce 500 g of Honey/year
    Maybe this species from Philippines produces only 500g, but many species in Brazil are a lot more productive. Only to mention some examples we do have:

    - Manduri (melipona marginata): Up to 3 liters a year (with only 300 bees in each colony!).
    - Mandaçaia (melipona quadrifasciata): Up to 4 liters a year (600 to 800 bees per colony).
    - Yellow Uruçu (melipona Rufiventris): Up to 6 liters a year (3.000 to 5.000 bees per colony).
    - True Uruçu (melipona scutelaris): Up to 8 liters a year (3.000 to 5.000 bees per colony).
    - Tubiba (Scaptotrigona Tubiba): Up to 12 liters a year (up to 20.000 bees per colony).

    Probably the stingless bee you had opportunity to see in Brazil was the Jataí (tetragonisca angustula), a species a lot smaller than the previous ones (and than the apis mellifera too), but highly adaptable and very common in most Brazilian cities, even the biggest ones. Their colonies bear up to 10.000 individuals, but being so tiny they can produce only from 0,5 to 1,5l of honey a year.

    Nevertheless, its honey have a very good quality and it was one of the first species to be kept in captivity in the most populated areas of the country. But nowadays they are only kept as pets, and not for honey production.

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    Default Re: Stingless bees from Philippines

    Trying my luck in baiting a swarm of apis cerana. This hive is based on the japanese hive designed for apis cerana japonica. I hope our native bees will adapt this design.


    No frames unlike the langstroth design. The wire mesh will help hold the honeycombs in place once the bees start to settle in.




    Beeswax are placed inside to attract bees. It is supposed to be melted and brushed on to the walls but I got too lazy. Lemongrass are also rubbed on to the walls as bee attractant.








    The top bar where the bees will attach their honeycombs.



    Ready to go!

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