putting a tail on a bee
I have 8 or 10 hives( not counting nucs) on the other side of my veggie garden, 3 or 400 feet from my house.
Often in the garden, & occaisionally around the house, a bee will buzz around our head, get tangled in hair,& sting.
This started last year, I moved the alleged offending hive after harvest, things were ok for the rest of the summer, this spring it has started again.
If I can find which hive is producing these bees, it will get requeened, or moved, or both.
I have read of people marking a bee & following it, some with powdered sugar, others mentioned glueing yarn, thread, or tinsel to the bee to make it easier to follow.
I read the "hot hive test" in another thread, about waving a hand over the open hive ... all my hives passed that test until you get to the bottom box)
So, I have captured an offeding bee. covered her with powdered sugar, & released .... she dropped to a blade of grass, cleaned herself & flew away.
captured another "badbee".attempted to (off brand super)glue a bit of yarn to her behind.
stuck yarn to me, to the table, but not to the bee. I kept messing with it until the glue got on the bees wings, they stuck together.
So, if you have glued anything to a bee's back end, what kind of glue, & technique did you use successfully?
Last edited by tech.35058; 04-23-2019 at 02:06 PM.
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.