CORRAL A WILD BEE NEST

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Occasionally, beekeepers derive honey from a wild bee hive. A bee box was regularly used. Bees were collected with the box then individually dispensed afar until they find their nest. The bee box technique (almost disused because of more updated techniques) is laborious.

Pinpoint a site where feral bees may be agglomerating. A broad area is recommendable and with Google Map (or a similar program) identify an aerial display of the prospective bee nest site (print a copy of it).

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Arrange 3 ensnaring posts by assembling an aluminum pie pan loaded with rocks on a cardboard box. Add a sugar water (or honey) solution in the pan and near the rocks.

Rerun the technique twice, traversing a straight path in the field at 50 to 100 yard spaces.

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Start ensnaring honeybees in the area with a glass jar. Disengage bees at both ensnaring posts. They will hurriedly replete on the sweetened solution and return in direct succession to the colony. Concomitantly, they will draw other bees with them.

Monitor bees to examine the beeline they travel from every post. This sequence is called a bee-line.

Delineate a straight path on the map with a ruler and pencil from every bait posts along every bee-line from the bait posts. To estimate (triangulate) the colony sites and their sequences that will assumably converge.

Employ the map to search afoot. Search for nearby bee movement primarily bees coming back from bait posts, because it’s helpful to detect a colony.

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