Hive identification for bees
Has anyone tried or know if anyone using geometric shape (circle, square triangle, etc.) painted on the outside of the hive body to help the honey bees identify their hive from others. I know that painting the hive different colors works but 5 gal. of paint $$$$$.
using geometric shape (circle, square triangle,
Here is what I did for a mating nuc yard:
I painted some redwood 1 x 4 x 6"
Red on one side and yellow on the other side.
Blue on one side and green on the other side.
I used my circle saw to saw to cut out the circles and used the hole where the drill cuts and centers the hole to fasten it near an entrance.
I msde some 45 degree cuts on the 1 x 3 x 6
I made some straight cuts on the 1 x 3 x 6"
This combiation will give you different shapes and colors to place near the hive entrance.
I will post some photos later--in about 2-3 days.