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Robber bee trap in
« on: July 27, 2019, 03:37:21 pm »
 

It's pretty simple. Set up a rober box with syrup in it. A few days later add the cone shaped screen and a frame of eggs.Let the bees make a new queen. The end.
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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2019, 10:10:18 pm »
Do the older foragers take care of eggs, larvae, and capped brood as well as nurse bees?

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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2019, 09:21:27 am »
I think so Dozen, I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2019, 10:04:21 am »
This is in the experimental stage? Will the foraging aka robbing bees realize their circumstances in time to rear a queen from a new, appropriate age egg?

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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2019, 01:29:54 pm »
Yes, it's a experiment. And that's a good question about them finding out about their queenless situation. We shall see.
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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2019, 01:47:00 pm »
First, I would use a plexiglas inner lid to see how many bees were in it without allowing them to escape.

Second, I would insert a frame of eggs and a frame of capped brood to care for the queen cell and new larva.

Third, I would move them a few miles before removing the cone and allowing them to fly.
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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2019, 05:29:37 pm »
Thx Iddee. I got two out of three right. The plexiglass is the one I missed out on. When I moved them there was only about 50 bees in there. It didn't help that there was a pencil size hole in the corner of the box.
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Re: Robber bee trap in
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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 12:51:29 am »
The concept sounds resonable to me. Essentially you are doing a trap-in as opposed to a trap-out. Iddee is the past master of trap-outs so I would listen to his advice.  :)
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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2019, 12:21:18 am »


Here it is with the plexiglass. There are enough to cover the brood. I'll take a pic tomorrow afternoon and see what the population is like.
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Re: Robber bee trap in
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2019, 01:27:53 am »
So the Plexiglas inner cover is key, also I used a frame feeder and that was a mistake . I'm out of time for this year but maybe next year I will try it again. It seems like an easy way to make a queen-less hive.
 
I don't know.It was like that when I got here.