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    Default does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    I have about 10 queen cages that in the past few years have had queens in them. Does a used queen cage attract bees when placed in a swarm trap? If so, I can add some of them to my swarm traps along with the usual comb and lemon grass oil. Thanks a lot,
    Stavros

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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    A swarm swarms with their queen . I would think scent from an old cage would be a deterrent .

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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    But then why are bees attracted to queen-juice made out of crashed dead queens (soaked in alcohol)?

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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim81147 View Post
    A swarm swarms with their queen . I would think scent from an old cage would be a deterrent .
    I used queen juice (queens soaking in Alcohol) for swarm attractant so Queen smell defiantly attracts swarms. I wouldn't think cages have enough smell, but it wouldn't hurt.

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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    Try it and let us know....... It is just so easy to use an old broom comb and a coupe drops of LGO. I will be waiting for a report.
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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    I was in the process of shaking a swarm off a tree limb and the foragers/scouts coming back found a year old used queen cage in my beekeepers caddy.

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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    I had three swarms land in the same tree in exactly the same spot over a months period of time last year. Being curious about the exactness of this location I started looking around for clues as to why. I found everything from leah lines to it is not really all that uncommon for a beekeeper to pretty much know on what limb of what tree a swarm might cluster. Some of the comments suggest that it is the odor left behind from the previous swarm / Queen that attracts the next swarm to that spot. Tossing out the extremes such a hokus pokus and random chance. I find this the most likely explanation.
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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    This queen shipping box from Velbert Williams had bees from my hives clustering on it for over a week last summer.


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    Default Re: does a used queen cage attract bees in a swarm trap?

    >Does a used queen cage attract bees when placed in a swarm trap?

    Yes.

    > If so, I can add some of them to my swarm traps along with the usual comb and lemon grass oil.

    Yes.
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