Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: Bait hive question  (Read 648 times)

Offline DaveKow

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 180
  • Gender: Male
Bait hive question
« on: June 07, 2009, 05:42:22 PM »
I have a bait hive up in a pine tree.  I have the synthetic lure in the nuc that I am using.  Today, I noticed about 8 bees checking it out.  Will bees from my other hives be checking out this nuc, or are they scout bees from a hive that swarmed.  How many scout bees will be at the potential new location at the same time?  How long will they stay before going back to the swarm and telling the others?

So basically what I want to know is:  Is it time to get the camera ready?


Offline JP

  • The Swarm King
  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 11706
  • Gender: Male
  • I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!
    • JPthebeeman.com
Re: Bait hive question
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009, 06:41:17 PM »
Some of your own bees could check the trap out as I find bees are just plain curious as to new things/odors.

Scouts may come and go, a few days you may see them, a day or two you may not. I've caught them soon after they discovered the trap and other times up to two weeks afterwards.

Look for steady increases as to when to have the camera ready but swarms move in pretty quickly, so catching them in the act can be difficult.

"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus

My Youtube user name is JPthebeeman
 My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/

Offline Irwin

  • Super Bee
  • *****
  • Posts: 2344
  • Gender: Male
  • howdy all
Re: Bait hive question
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 02:40:48 PM »
It's always time to have your camera ready  :-D Should see the one I took of the wife when she first got up her hair was a mess and the mean a-- look I got for taking it was priceless :-D She said if I showed it to any one I was a dead man :buttkick:
Fight organized crime!  Re-elect no one.