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Australia’s bees and wasps revealed to be just as deadly as its snakes

More than half of deaths from bites and stings between 2000 and 2013 the result of anaphylactic shock, study shows A third of almost 42,000 hospital admissions were caused by bees and wasps. Photograph: Doug Somerville/NSW Apiarists’ Association Of all Australia’s venomous animals, bees and wasps pose the biggest threat to public health, causing more […]

July 25th, 2017
Topic: Bees, Snakes, spiders snakes scorpions, Ticks, Wasps Tags: , , , ,

How to Save the Monarch butterflies ? U Pay Farmers to Grow Butterfly Habitats

A novel conservation effort aims to fund a habitat exchange to protect the iconic butterflies from extinction Once the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America, numbering in the hundreds of millions, if not billions. It would take several hours for flocks to pass a single spot, their wing beats so loud it was […]

February 25th, 2016
Topic: Butterlies, OPPORTUNITIES Tags: , ,

Australian beekeepers reject research that says honey is making us sick

Australian beekeepers have reacted strongly to international research just released claiming local honey was contaminated with high concentrations of natural poisons linked to disease. The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council says that the results of the Irish research were based on outdated information about the amount of honey produced from the Paterson’s curse plant. Researchers […]

January 23rd, 2016
Topic: Bees, FOOD DRINK Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Redback spiders found in Australian grapes by several people

Five people have found redback spiders in bags of Australian grown grapes in recent weeks. Photo: Letitia Rowlands Nevermind checking the toilet seat, it seems deadly redback spiders are making their homes in bags of grapes from the local supermarket. A mother in Sydney’s north is one of five people to find redback spiders in […]

March 10th, 2015
Topic: Grape vines, spiders snakes scorpions, SUPERMARKETS Tags: None

Does Australian manuka honey contain antibacterial qualities. Opportunities for farmers & bee keepers

Australian manuka trees could be harbouring liquid gold, if new research is correct. Researchers at the Sydney’s University of Technology ithree institute will spend the next five years attempting to prove that honey produced from Australian manuka trees contain antibacterial qualities. Dr Liz Harry says results from the study have the potential to place Australian […]

October 30th, 2014
Topic: Bees, OPPORTUNITIES Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Combating fruit fly in Sunraysia district Victoria by grower lead committee

An industry committee has been formed to renew the fight against fruit fly in the Sunraysia region. The creation of the committee comes after the demise last year of the Murray Valley Citrus Board due to a legal challenge to the grower levy it collected. Victorian Agriculture Minister, Peter Walsh, says a majority of citrus, […]

October 26th, 2014

The bees’ knees. Bees play an important part in our existence by pollinating crops, but overseas diseases could threaten their happy existence in Australia.

A global crisis called colony collapse disorder (CCD) is depleting the world’s bees. However, Australian populations of the European honeybee (Apis mellifera, pictured right) are so healthy, they are being shipped overseas in record numbers. The Western Australian government exports millions each year. In 2013, it shipped 40 million bees to Canada, a 50 per […]

October 23rd, 2014


“Heavy as”: Even catcher Geoff Delooze was surprised by the size of this snake. Photo: Newcastle and Hunter Animal Control This two-metre-long red belly black had snake catcher Geoff Delooze rethinking his life decisions. The “abnormally large” and “heavy as” snake, which according to Mr Delooze weighed about 10 kilograms, was found hiding under an […]

October 2nd, 2014
Topic: Snakes Tags: , , ,

Rootworm Beetle Can Now Eat GMO Corn Designed to eradicate It

Western corn rootworm beetles in the United States have grown immune to biotech crops that were originally designed to target the pests. The genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds, often referred to as Bt corn, were introduced in 1996—yet the rapid pace at which the insect has grown resistant has scientists and farmers worried. Wired magazine […]

July 14th, 2014
Topic: Beetles Tags: , , , ,


ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY ABOUT MEAT & TICKS SAY THE COWDERYS OF SYDNEY About an hour after Joy Cowdery tasted the beef casserole she had cooked, a mass of red rashes spread across her body, her tongue swelled and her blood pressure plummeted as she slid dangerously into anaphylactic shock. That was eight years ago, […]

December 26th, 2013
Topic: ALLERGIES, FOOD DRINK, Ticks Tags: , , , ,