Re: Scouting Behavior
I don't think bees do anything for fun (well, maybe youngsters at home play about some).
Scouting far and wide is not for fun.
It is outright dangerous and expensive and exhaustive work and not much fun.
Before I scored my first (and only so far) swarm for 2018 season, there were two instances of heavy scouting against the same backyard porch trap.
The first one was so heavy, I was very, very sure the swarm was coming.
Talking close to a hundred of bees sniffing the trap. Felt very serious intent.
Then sharp cut-off and almost nothing for few days.
It felt as if a beekeeper someplace caught the swarming build-up and took some drastic measures.
Or maybe they chose a different spot and went there.
Then 1-2 weeks of relatively low scouting (3-4 bees scavenging for propolis and such; likely my own bees from a nearby colony).
Then another build-up - 10-20 bees at a time running in and out.
Then more bees for about 2-3 days.
Then they landed late Sunday morning (perfect day for swarming - hot and humid).
Right now, I have pretty solid scouting at another site, regardless of very cool and rainy weather.
About 5-10 scouts are patrolling the trap every morning and feel protective of the property somewhat, as I do my entrance experimentation just few feet away.
Fingers crossed for the weekend swarm show down - the rain is supposed to stop.
PS: after reading the blogs by "soaringeagle" just here, I do even more external LGO (an external placement; in a zip lock);
inside my traps are well propolized, used nucs - don't do LGO internally anymore;
LGO is only needed to help them find the trap; well used box is prime real estate as it is.
Last edited by GregV; 06-22-2018 at 12:40 PM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.