Story: Beekeeping

Beehives (1st of 2)


Beekeepers transport beehives through the countryside in locations where bees will have good access to flowering plants. In many situations they are on the verge between pasture and bush, as in this site at Ōtaki. Each hive is made up of a stack of boxes, each containing several trays of wax comb, and with a lid on top. Honey is stored in the upper boxes, also known as supers, and the lower ones house the brood nest and most of the bees, including the queen. The lower box is usually on a stand or support to keep it off moist soil.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Beekeeping - Managing the beehive', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008