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New Bee
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Location: White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

« on: May 23, 2011, 03:53:33 PM »

I used, for the first time, a pollen trap from Mann Lake (the drawer pollen trap which fits between the brood chamber and super) for 3 days and when I removed it , it had quite a few dead bees in it. So I haven't used it since. Firstly I can't get the dead bees out without disassembling it (which is not so much of a problem ; I'll put it back together with screws so I can always get the dead bees out). Secondly, I can't yet clearly see if the dead bees are drones or worker bees. (I read ,after, that drones can't make it through the pollen trap). My question , is that normal, am I using it properly?

Michael Bush
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011, 12:41:23 AM »

Drones need some way out.  I don't have that particular trap, but most of the ones I've had have either a tube or a cone to let the drones out and keep the workers from getting back in.  My guess is that they are drones.

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