The Coffs Harbour branch met on Sunday the 12th of February at the home of John and Carol in Arrawarra Headland. The meeting was well attended after being unavoidably postponed from January. We enjoyed a tour of the garden, where John had replaced the front lawn with many native plants. We were fortunate enough to observe John split one of his hives.
Pam told us about the recent loss of one of her hives to syrphid fly. She had never experienced this issue before. She showed us samples of both the adult insect and the larvae she had retrieved from the box to help us in identifying them.
Judith had attended the Native Bee expo in Brisbane the previous week and shared her observations. It was inspiring to hear of so many things happening in the world of native bee keeping.
Congratulations to our lucky door prize winners. Thank you to Judith for donating a native bee stubby holder as a prize.
The meeting provided lots of opportunities for our attendees to chat. It is an excellent example of how people with various levels of experience in native bee keeping can share their experiences.
From Elaine Bean
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