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Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« on: June 19, 2016, 08:31:14 pm »
I  moved a large swarm from a trap into a deep today.... And just now three hours later came back to get rid of the trap and put it away thinking all stragglers would have made their way to the box .... There were like 10 bees left in the trap huddled in a corner and as I shook them out 5 small hive beetles came pouring out of a crack in the bottom of the trap the bees were guarding so I got to play whack a beetle and killed them all but it was interesting to see the hive beetles corralled by the bees in the trap and the bees refusing to follow the queen to the new box and let them loose... Something new every day.
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 08:55:10 pm »
Wow

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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 09:42:37 pm »
Jeff,
Do you see any comb in that hive?

Did anyone ever tell you you sound just like Forest Gump  :smile:
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 12:07:40 pm »
Did anyone ever tell you you sound just like Forest Gump  :smile:
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LOL! You SO DO Jeff! lol That's cool about the beetles.

I have had no activity on my traps at all. I'm gonna move them when I'm off tomorrow.
I'd rather be playing with venomous insects
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 02:32:27 pm »
Did anyone ever tell you you sound just like Forest Gump  :smile:
Jim

LOL! You SO DO Jeff! lol That's cool about the beetles.

I have had no activity on my traps at all. I'm gonna move them when I'm off tomorrow.
Right after you move them, a swarm will arrive at that location.  :cheesy:
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2016, 05:57:31 pm »
Jim I am not sure whether to take that as a compliment of not ;-)
 And yes Jim its a full on colony not just a swarm.....the video was shot close to dusk where all the foragers were back...I was up there mid day yesterday on a removal estimate call and stopped by to ogle it and without foragers there was plenty of comb visible...was in a hurry and didn't get additional photos

Totally didn't mean to link that video into this post....seriously not sure how it got there.

Yvonne I have three removals lined up...One will be super fun....bees moved into stacked cinder blocks under a tarp.....teeny little combs in the void spaces of the blocks. Come on down to the Keys you can help and then truck the bees back to the great white north ;-)
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2016, 11:49:22 am »
Right after you move them, a swarm will arrive at that location.  :cheesy:

Lol yeah I'm figuring as much. Lol


Yvonne I have three removals lined up...One will be super fun....bees moved into stacked cinder blocks under a tarp.....teeny little combs in the void spaces of the blocks. Come on down to the Keys you can help and then truck the bees back to the great white north ;-)

Jeff, I'm on my way! lol
I'd rather be playing with venomous insects
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2016, 12:16:15 pm »
I can even provide oceanfront accommodations if you hurry before the unit sells ;-)
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2016, 12:26:24 pm »
The bees arrest the beetles and hold them in place but sometimes the beetles will entice the bees to feed  them bu stroking their tentacles.Mother nature at work for sure!

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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2016, 12:44:25 pm »
"Jim I am not sure whether to take that as a compliment of not ;-)"
Jeff,
Just stating the facts, just the facts. :grin:
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2016, 12:46:36 pm »
The bees arrest the beetles and hold them in place but sometimes the beetles will entice the bees to feed  them bu stroking their tentacles.Mother nature at work for sure!
If the bees did not feed the beetles with the bees locking them in the crevices, the beetles would die.
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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2016, 02:38:41 pm »
I have read that the bees do that but I have never seen them do so!That colony on the tree looks huge!

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Re: Bees refusing to leave a swarm trap
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2016, 02:58:17 pm »
I  moved a large swarm from a trap into a deep today.... And just now three hours later came back to get rid of the trap and put it away thinking all stragglers would have made their way to the box .... There were like 10 bees left in the trap huddled in a corner and as I shook them out 5 small hive beetles came pouring out of a crack in the bottom of the trap the bees were guarding so I got to play whack a beetle and killed them all but it was interesting to see the hive beetles corralled by the bees in the trap and the bees refusing to follow the queen to the new box and let them loose... Something new every day.


               You need to come to Northern New England. To see the middle of no where. I did enjoy your video. If I can see light poles hear car on the highway. and see a paved Road I'm pretty much in heavy population.. I do know that Northern  and maybe Central Florida does have places like this. Have a great day. It's just a matter of perception and I realize that. :wink:

       Thanks again for the great video .

            BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
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