Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Beekeeper predicts rain

An Alice Springs apiarist says he is predicting big rains for central Australia within the next two months because of some unusual behaviour by his bees.

Keith Brooke says theees have put breeding on hold and have started storing food.

He says the bees are also using wax to seal their hives as they did before previous floods in Alice Springs.

"They actually get the little wax flakes and mix it up with the propolis and use it as corking or sealing compound around the cracks in the hive and up in the ventilators," he said.

"They are supposed to have four ventilators in them but they block them up with propolis.

"It's very reminisce of late '99 to '88-'87, quite heavy, substantial rain.

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