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« on: September 12, 2012, 07:32:31 AM »

How far do you usually see before you lose track of the bee? I've been trying to follow my bees from the hive to their feeding source and I lose sight of them after 20-30 metres (about 60-90 feet for you guys). At that rate I reckon I would need a truck load of bees to follow them very far at all.
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2012, 07:48:29 AM »

Still seeing a honeybee flying at a distance of 60-90 feet is amazing IMO.  I loose sight of them w/in 20-30 feet and at best can only determine a prefered direction. 

Alas, the limitations of human eyesight have taken hold of this old man.

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2012, 08:40:47 AM »

http://www.bee-quick.com/500/index.html
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2012, 09:19:49 AM »

Scott has a video of him following bees a good distance. Here:

Beelining.wmv
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2012, 10:06:38 AM »

The key to beelining is baby steps. Follow one bee as far as you can (even if it's only 20 ft) and move in that direction to release another bee. Of course, we're always beelining to find the colony....not the forage. Foraging bees fly in every direction!

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2012, 08:22:11 PM »

I watched Scott's video earlier and quite enjoyed it but he seemed to be making some good steps between release sites.

Scott, I understand that the girls will scatter a bit when going out to forage but if they are onto a good source there should be a steady stream of traffic to and fro. I live in an urban area so I was wondering what in the area was keeping my girls busy.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2012, 08:57:25 PM »

A small piece of down slows them a lot and makes a bigger silhouette...
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2012, 10:26:39 PM »

Michael, sounds good but how do you attach it?
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2012, 11:35:57 PM »

Very interesting. I've never heard of this before. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2012, 11:48:58 PM »

Interesting MB, I'll have to give it a go sometime! I've used brightly colored chalk powders and powdered sugar before and they help a good bit. I've also heard of super gluing a short length of monofiliment (fishing line) to the bee but haven't had the heart to try. Seems the line shows up well in sunlight.

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2012, 11:51:29 PM »

 Micheal, is the attachment point critical- and what kind of adhesive have you experimented with.  rolleyes Very interesting. I'm a flyfisher and tyer thus the interest.  bee which way did they go
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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2012, 12:01:58 AM »

   What was their distance of travel Scott, from warehouse to beeyard ?  Great video again.
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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2012, 12:19:13 AM »

2 1/2 miles Geoff. It actually took us two days (about 3 hrs per day) to find them. We heard from Tropical Blossom Honey that this beekeeper had been using this system to feed his bees for many years...just keeps using different  yards. We've beelined to other yards of his twice again in other towns/problems.

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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2012, 01:13:37 AM »

Scott, my appologies- great video. I helped a migratory beek who extracts locally here. We double entried all entrances and double screened his roof top exhaust fan. We then reversed the motor thereby pressurizeing the honey house. Now he still will get the stray bee but 99.99% of the time NOt many. They might try it.
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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2012, 08:18:20 AM »

I would guess this will eat up some time. I wouldn't think you could be in a hurry while preforming this service. 
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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2012, 06:28:28 PM »

      Scott , you can now add the titles Detectives Scott and Peggy.  Well done, missing you folks.
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