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Damo starts with ...
Was at Dawsons Forrestfield, they will have the entire range of apples on M26 rootstock in abundance this coming winter 2010.

Order is already placed and confirmed.
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Alex says...
k - thanks for that, will be down there pronto
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amanda says...
Is this a bee? I have not seen it b4 and it was pretty big..about 2cm long! Loved the apple blossom tho' :)
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Jason says...
Nice thread hi-jack :)
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amanda says...
Yea..couldn't work out were to put it..Hubby thinks it's a wasp - but I didn't think wasps got stuck into pollen like that? plus it's all hairy..I hope it's not an alien invader???
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russ says...
Amanda,

I have sent the link to a bee keeping friend of mine. He didn't know what it was and has forwarded on to someone he knows. Hopefully you will get an answer.

Regards, Russ
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Jimmy says...
It's a wasp you hijacker !!
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amanda says...
Thanks Russ! I have never seen anything like it b4 - so I am curious now...it was very big! It buzzed like a bee!?
I have seen plenty of wasps in my time but not one like this..? But maybe - I just want to make sure it's not a feral!?
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Wayne says...
We get them here, they grow to about a metre long, almost as dangerous as crocodiles





Just kidding
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Brad says...
nice one wayne.
gotta say, it looks more bee-like than wasp-like to me. but I'm guessing
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Brad says...
PS the hi-jack is even better now its sucked us all in
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Dekka says...
Hi, Jack!
There are 1500 species of native bees in Australia. Some are social while others are solitary. Some are tiny and some are large. While wasps and bees can both enjoy a good drink of nectar, the main difference between them is that wasps are carnivorous and bees aren't. If this insect is collecting pollen it is a bee, although to me it has wings that look more wasp-like. Alternatively you could try annoying it and if it bites you then it is a wasp.
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Wayne says...
Thanks Dekka, as Brad says it does sorta look like a bee.

I saw a bee the other day, the second one in the nine years that I have been living here.

Dekka says -
"Alternatively you could try annoying it and if it bites you then it is a wasp." ---- Bees bite, one came in the front air vent on my truck, flew up the leg of my shorts and bit me [you know where] and it hurt to
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russ says...
Hi everyone, My mate's contact at the WA Ag Department thinks it is a Hairy Flower Wasp, but he is waiting to hear back from one of the insect identifiers.
Real name = Campsomeris tasmaniensis
Check out http://www.sardi.sa.gov.au/pestsdiseases/pests/urban_pests/european_wasp/identification_of_european_wasp
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amanda says...
Thanks everyone!..this is fun :) and thanks Russ for your efforts. At the end of the day I should get some apples as it had fun in both trees while I was annoying it with my camera!?
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Jason says...
Speaking of bees, (Re-Hijack coming up)
I had some bees (20 or 30) going mad at one end of my carport roller door.

I squirted them away with a water spray bottle. I want bees but not a nest being set up where I hop out my car.
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Jimmy says...
You re hijacker you.

Petrol (unlit) at night when they are asleep works best, if the have started nesting.
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Jason says...
I think I got them just in time. Maybe the queen was on the move and they wanted to set up shop.

After squirting them away a few came back and got re-squirted. Today no sign of them.
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Speedy says...
"Petrol (unlit) at night when they are asleep works best, if the have started nesting."

Hey, It's waaay more fun if you LIGHT the petrol when you do it!
Kinda feels like a waste not to.
lol

Though my fave is metho in a squirty bottle used with a lighter
(or flaming rag on a stick to make it look like you're being at least a bit saftey conscious)

gives a clean hot burn and little if any residue

Very effective and nothing short of spectacular and the ants do all the cleanup!
They like scorched bees and wasps with their alcohol.

(...don't go doin this at home kids...)
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Jason says...
Thats one way to get a new roller door. Though I doubt through insurance.
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Brad says...
I was looking for something else, but this might be my favourite thread on here.
(re re hijack)
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amanda says...
he he - an oldie but a goodie - wonder where dekka got to...and also if Speedy is really a closet pyromaniac...? :))
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Jason says...
In related news, my apple trees are starting to sprout and flower already. Is this too early for Dorset and Anna?
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Brad says...
I'm not the apple expert, but my pinkabelle is at pink bud, so I'm not surprised that anna is flowering.

(OMG something in this thread about apples)

PS answering your other thread question - yep I'm moving to half an acre in gooseberry hill. If you know anyone who'd want to buy a 2x1 in como with edibles, send them my way
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amanda says...
eek! - Jimmy - help please? My Fuji and Pink Lady are not flowering at all - and still have all of last years leaves...do I pull off all the leaves now?
If u guys are getting flowers down there I should be too yes?

(Ps - for what it's worth - I never have seen another one of those guys - and I thought "Hairy Flower Wasp" was such a dull name for it...should be "Crocodile Wasp" hey Wayne..? :)
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Brad says...
all according to kuffel creek's book: pulling off leaves or not made little difference. new leaves will push through. do you see any buds swelling? I certainly wouldn't stress yet. But a little bit of stress to apples helps them flower too - if you've been too nice to it, that may be a reason for lack of flowers.

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Violet_Cactus says...
Golden Dorset is among the first to bud every year. Mine flowered on 1st August.
Apple bud burst is spread over a long period. For example, Court Pendu Plat will not flower until November.
Don't worry Amanda, there are no Pink Ladies or Fujis down here in bud that I know of. You don't have to pull off the leaves. The trees know what they are doing - they'll be ok!
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Jason says...
Dorset is early apple yes, apples edible around xmas. Cant remember if this was normal though. Ill have to go back and have a look at previous year photos.

Brad....Goosberry Hill sounds good. I used to live not far, Just off goosberry hill rd (scenic Dr) Our street was once an Apricot orchard.
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Jason says...
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Brad says...
nice photos. I commented on your myedibles. we'll be at the top of the hill near the school. a mate lives right near the corner of those two streets (below the native bush)
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Jason says...
I would like to....
Unfortunately my rocket science / brain surgery degree never went as far as decyphering web safe emails.

(the 'dot' and 'at' i got but not the rest)
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Jimmy says...
My tropic sweet apple was first, followed by golden dorsett, anna was last and stil has not flowred yet.
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Jason says...
Got it, ta
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Jason says...
Apple trees going into full flower now
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Jimmy says...
The one on the right has more flowers for its size. What kinds are they?
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amanda says...
Sorry to butt in Jimmy 'n Jason...
This is my Fuji apple - it doesn't seem to be doing anything?
Hope u are right Violet! :)
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Brad says...
Jason said earlier they're dorset and anna. I'd reckon dorset will be the bigger one and anna the heavy flowering one
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Jason says...
Spot on Brad, Dorset bigger one on the left and Anna the right.

Might be just their normal characteristics but the Dorset is growing faster but the Anna produces just as many apples. (Dorset seems to be running slightly behind this year) Both around 4 or 5 years old now.
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