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House Bee
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« on: September 29, 2010, 07:06:34 PM »

I've been adding bees to my weaker hives lately.  The source is a cluster that resulted from an interesting trapout situation, so they're queenless.

While I was using the newspaper combine method, I recently came to the conclusion that this is completely unnecessary.  

Why? The queenless bees don't seem to be recognized as foreign in the hives where they've been introduced.  Similarly, the introduced bees have no beef with bees in the adoptive hive.

It must come down to a lack of queen/nest recognition pheromone on them?  

Anyone corroborate?

I'm gonna try a direct dump next time to test this hypothesis.
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2010, 07:18:00 PM »

It will work.

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be"

*Shel Silverstein*
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