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

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

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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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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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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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