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 $$$$$.
You don't have to buy brand new paint. If you got a homedepot or other hardware store near you, they usually have paint that customers did not want because the color was off. So they sell those paints for much less than the usual price. Just make sure it is exterior grade 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.
Perhaps some of them pretty colored sandpaper thingies my bride is always sticking to my shower floor?
There is an article in the December American Bee Journal under "Two good books for your winter reading". Bees, Biology and Management by Peter G. Kevan show some patterns that bees can discriminate between and shapes recognized by bees. They include circle, square, triangle, diamond, bar at an angle, 3 vertical bars, kind of a "Y" and an X. The article on this book finishes with the following:
Read this book with this caveat: If you are not already a bee geek when you start, you will be one when you finish. Don't say you weren't warned. It is a treasure of a book.
IF I can find it I will bring it to the class on Thursday.
I read that article about using geometric designs in ABJ. I found it very interesting. I plan to using something like that in the future. But it's really only need it you have a lot of hives in a row. Putting the hives in a slight arc will help with the drifting.
I want to try using 2 tone painting the brood boxes. For example, paint the front of the box with green and brown. One box the top half is brown the next box the top half is green. I will also vary this by painting the halves not only horizontal but vertical and diagonal.
Hope this makes sense.
I have a set of stencils,10 different shapes,and 4-5 different colors of spray paint.Combine that with "oops" paint and no 2 of my boxes look the same
I went to Michael's Craft store and bought some letters and shapes that I plan to use as soon as I get them painted. Something to fool around with.
What do those that dip their equipment in rosin/wax do after the fact? Paint doest stick after the equipment is dipped.