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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010
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    Lexington, VA, USA
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    Default Robbing, and tracking feral Bees

    This spring I had 3 hives all Russians. All three swarmed and I captured 1 so I now have 4 hives. I am in western/central VA in the mountains. The closest bee hives to me are about 8 miles (that I am aware of). Where my hives are located they back up to about 1,000 acres of forest. We have had about 4 days of 60 degrees. I have my entrances reduced to 1/2" because of the attempted robbery going on. The robbers appear to be 90 percent Russian, but I do not think they are coming from my hives. I am thinking they are the escaped swarms from this spring. Does anyone know a good way to track feral bees?

  2. #2
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    Jan 2003
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    Suffolk, VA
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    Default Re: Robbing, and tracking feral Bees

    Of course robbing from feral colonies can occur, but most of the robbing I see comes from hives in the same yard. Bee lining is a technique to track feral colonies. For details, see:

    https://sites.google.com/site/beelining/

    http://northernwoodlands.org/article...-wild-beehives

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Robbing, and tracking feral Bees

    Thanks. Very interesting sites.

  4. #4
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    Menomonee Falls, Wis.
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    Default Re: Robbing, and tracking feral Bees

    Find the book "Oak Openings" by James Fennimore Cooper. It details beelineing techniques, as of 1812.

    Crazy Roland

  5. #5
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    Nov 2011
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    Mounds, Oklahoma, USA
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    Default Re: Robbing, and tracking feral Bees

    Last weekend I sat out 3 buckets of comb scraps from a cutout for the bees to clean up. I noticed that maybe half the bees leaving went the opposite direction of my hives. I used thier direction of flight to make a reference point on the horizon and started walking that way. Every few seconds I would see a loaded bee blast past me confiming I was on course. Found the bees entering a tree about 1/8 mile from where I started. Whats funny is last spring I had placed a swarm trap in a tree about 20ft from this bee tree and never knew it was there.

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