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frankk
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Location: THAILAND

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:20 am    Post subject: INTRODUCING WILD BEES Reply with quote

I have been trying to set up 2 Langstroth hives in Thailand. I have been let down by people claiming they can supply me with package bees to start up but they never come good with there promise.
I have wild bees which I believe are European bees (Apis mellifera) frequenting my yard plus no end off local wild bees (small sting less and produce very little honey).
I was wondering if there was a way of attracting the European bees to a hive in the yard in the hope of the queen relocating to my hive?
Any one with tips on how to achieve my goal would be appreciated.
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have been let down by people claiming they can supply me with package bees to start up but they never come good with there promise.


I am a bit surprised that package bees are available at all in @Thailand. Speak to local bee keepers and find out when the swarming season is. You won't attract the queen from an established colony. If you have some old comb that has had brood in it you will increase the chances of a swarm moving in but you will have to wait for the right time of year. If you cant get some old comb, put a few drops of lemongrass essential oil on some cotton wool in a ziplock bag so you don't lose all the aroma very quickly. This mimics a pheromone given out by the bees which increases your chances.

Good luck.
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