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  1. #1
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    Default Mystery board...

    Taking inventory of hive pieces I inherited long ago. Can somebody tell me what this is?

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  3. #2
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    A one-way bee board? Seems to me that the bees entering the center of the triangle would easily find their way out the vertices of the triangle, but not the reverse.

  4. #3
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    Escape Board. Used as a one-way opening to cycle bees out of a honey super and into the brood nest in preparation of harvesting the super.

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    Default Re: Mystery board...

    The photo shows a triangular escape board, but escape boards in general come in many different flavors. Dave Cushman has a page discussing nearly two dozen designs ...
    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/clearerboards.html
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Mystery board...

    That escape board has a directionality to it. You want the bees to go in the small round opening and emerge out through the triangular maze into the hive proper. If you put it on upside down it not only doesn't work, but if left on for more than short period bees will die in it.

    In most cases you want the board under supers and above the hive; in other words when you put it on you should be looking at the round hole, not the maze. I have my bee escape boards marked on the short edges with a triangle indicating the direction of movement. That way I can confirm that I got it on the right way without having to open and check under the supers.

    They are very useful tools, though.

    Nancy

  7. #6
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    Double Quebec Bee Escape - a type of clearer board, the double triangle side goes down towards the brood chamber.
    Said to be more efficient than the single quebec.
    Probably better than a porter escape since no moving parts to be proposed or trap drones, there is a slight chance that bees can go in the reverse direction, the double triangle is more complex than the single for a bee to remember how to go in the reverse direction.

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