[permaculture] Catching bees?

Dieter Brand diebrand at yahoo.com
Sat May 9 02:30:11 EDT 2009


Thanks Robin!  
 
Won’t they sting me if I try to scoop them up?  Do I need protective clothing to do that?
 
Dieter


--- On Sat, 5/9/09, Robyn Francis <erda at nor.com.au> wrote:

From: Robyn Francis <erda at nor.com.au>
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Catching bees?
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009, 12:48 AM

My dad collects bee swarms and i've helped him a few times. Generally a
swarm is relatively easy to relocate into a bee box but they need to be
settled on something (accessible/within reach) to get them and not flying
around. Between flights they usually settle in a big clump on a post or
branch of a tree for a few hours and you simply pick up the 'clump' of
bees
and put them into the box. My dad just uses an empty 4 litre ice cream tub
to scoop them up and put them in the box. If youre lucky and get the queen
bee in the first scoop the rest will automatically follow her into the hive.
Bees will settle down more quickly in their new hive if you rub the inside
with Lemon Balm leaves (Mellissa officinalis).
Ciao
Robyn


On 9/05/09 6:56 AM, "Dieter Brand" <diebrand at yahoo.com> wrote:

> There is a bee swarm that has been hovering over our land for a couple of
> days.  They are obviously looking for a new place to settle.  I guess it
will
> be too late now to go and buy a beehive, but I wonder about the next time,
how
> can I make them settle in my beehive?  I have seen local farmers standing
> below a swarm throwing a bundle of cloth at it to make them come down and
> settle.  I never saw that it actually worked though. 
>  
> Is this the right way of doing it?  Or is there a better way (perhaps
> involving color, sound, smells, etc.)?  Is it safe to do or do I risk
being
> stung by numerous bees?
>  
> Dieter Brand
> Portugal
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