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    Default Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    I just made some insulation-foam nucs (from a bunch of leftover scraps), and I have heard that bees will chew through the insulation unless it is covered with something. I was thinking of using aluminum foil. Can bees chew through aluminum foil? Any other ideas on what I could use to protect the foam, if it is even worth it?

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    You can cover it with craft paper and polyurethane. If you did both inside and out it would become real strong.

    This plane has a cardboard fuselage and foam wings that are covered with craft paper. Once the foam is covered and painted it becomes very strong, especially with polyurethane.

    http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/v...pscd18f0aa.jpg
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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Bees can't chew thorugh aluminium foli, we use it for protecting queen cells when we are inserting them in queenlles hive.

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    good choice!

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post

    This plane has a cardboard fuselage and foam wings that are
    Nice biplane...electric?

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Quote Originally Posted by Intheswamp View Post
    Nice biplane...electric?
    No it was a big gasser. 4 hp. It would fly at a stand still or go straight vertical. All up weight was about 22 pounds.
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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Josip, do you wrap the foil all over the queen cell and then put her inside the hive?
    Then how do the queen emerge if she's all cover with the foil?

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    beepro, I believe the cells are wrapped around the sides and the ends are left uncovered so the virgin can exit. Competing queens will chew through the side of the cells and then sting the virgin still inside...thus the sides are covered.

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Thanks, Ed. I thought I saw one of the queen trying to chew thru the top cell. But she also do the side chewing.
    I hurry up and caught her.

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Just like intheswamp said!

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    Default Re: Can bees chew through aluminum foil?

    Wow. Thanks JosipL! Now I know a good way to protect queen cells too. I will have to give that a try.

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