Re: Keeping bees in a jar for bee venom therapy
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If you expect to do apitherapy over an extended period of time, the best way to do it is to acquire and maintain a hive of your own, or have one maintained by someone else very close by.
Bees captured in a jar will not reliably return to the jar even with sugar water/honey in the jar. They will instead look for a hive nearby that has a live queen that they can join. A week is about the maximum that I would expect bees captured in a jar to live.
What might happen is that foraging bees from a nearby hive might be attracted to your feed (on a regular basis) and you could capture a few of those for apitherapy.
Foraging bees tell other bees from their hive about good food sources, so if you capture all the bees attracted to your food, you may not get many more. Just take a few bees each time.
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