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Kiyot bee honey

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    I just harvested my first kiyot bee honey from a air vent they had been living in for a few years. They are a small black stingless be and quite common here.
    If you want to attract then cut a length of bamboo with both plugs in and drill a small hole at one end and set in a tree etc and wait.
    The honey from them is expensive and supposed to be very good for you.
    It certainly tastes differenent from any other honey with a slightly sour and sweet flavour.

    For centuries honey is known to be the enemy of diseases. Stingless bee honey is called Mother Medicine and there are an increasing number of traditional practitioners and researchers suggesting its use.
    Many known health benefits of eating stingless bee honey regularly include anti-ageing, enhanced libido and immune system, fighting bacteria and treating bronchial catarrh, sore throat, coughs and colds.
    Honey is also restorative after an illness and said to sooth pain, act as antiseptic, hasten healing, relieve cough and be effective in curing burns, carbuncle, boils and diabetic wounds.

    An extensive study on honey by Mohammed Moniruzzaman et. al., published in BioMed Research International Volume 2014, reported that among the various honey varietals taken from the different regions of Malaysia, dark colour honey produced by Trigona from starfruit or carambola trees contains exceptionally high levels of potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc.

    Stingless bee honey certainly has a lot of nutrients because meliponine is smaller than the normal bee and can suck nectar from flowers to the deepest space. As a result, the honey collected contains many vitamins and minerals, among which is propolis, produced from the bee’s saliva mixed with its food such as pollen, bark, tree shoots and flowers.

    Propolis is considered beneficial to heatlh because it contains all 16 amino acids, glucose, vitamins A, B, C, D and E, bioflavonoids and minerals

    Thr hive was not destroyed totally and they are back now starting to rebuild.
     

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    I feel sorry for bees..all that work for nothing.
     
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    Yup,so do i.
     
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    Very informative; funny how my wife and her cousin were telling me about how they would get honey from the "stingless" bees when they were children in the village just the other day.

    I will definitely look at trying to attract the bees...every garden needs pollinators.

    Shawn
     
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    hey davy... thanks for Kiyot bee honey post. there are two hives on my lot that i know of but neither one is harvestable without destroying the structure the bees are brooding in.

    as per your suggestion, i took a piece of bambú, about 3'' dia, node on one end but open on the other end. i made a 1/8th in hole in the closed end and i tied a small black bag over the open end which i can remove to get an occasional peek inside.

    i also split the bambú in half and tied it back together; this will make it easy to harvest the honey and put back the hive back together without damaging the bambú.

    i've been buying honey from the honey venders at the valencia sunday market, they also sell honey comb and brood comb. i've yet to met a honey vender that speaks english but from what i can gather; the honey is unheated and harvested from wild bees. the bees are black and much larger than the kiyot bees. they don't appear to be hairy and i don't think they sting because they are in the buckets with the comb and crawl on the venders hands. i'd like to know what species the bees are. the honey is quite tasty.

    in my experience, the kiyots can be a pita; i've had them glue the lids down on outdoor trash can storage containers and also take up residence inside a hollow core door.
     
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    You dont want mess with the honey bees here,i respect those guys who harvest it with no proper protection. And the size of the things alone means dont mess with me.

    Unlike their dwarf cousins, the larger size of giant honey bees is usually enough to protect them from ant invasions. They build their nests in the open, and when 10 or more nests are in a tree, it's referred to as a “bee tree.” Like their cousins, their honey is mainly hunted, and it brings high prices at local markets. Although their prized honey is sweet, they are extremely aggressive. When disturbed, swarms of defenders have been known to follow an intruder for more than 100 yards.
     
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    How has your cardio been going? You should be able to clear 100 meters in no less than 15 seconds by now...probably less if you had a swarm of bees giving chase.
     
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