Attraction and direct establishment of primary and secondary honey bee swarms using swarm-tissue sachets

publication date: Apr 1, 2013
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 52 (2) pp.8-11
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.52.2.02
Date
April 2013
Article Title

Attraction and direct establishment of primary and secondary honey bee swarms using swarm-tissue sachets

Author(s)

Alexandros Papachristoforou and Konstantinos Ilanidis

Abstract

In an effort to attract swarms within an apiary and to induce their direct establishment in hive-traps, we investigated the use of a new honey bee swarm attractant in the form of a small sachet containing a wet-wipe tissue, including geranic acid, citral, geraniol and rose oil as attractants. When swarm-tissues sachets were placed in hive traps at a distance of either 5 or 30m from the colonies, 60 % of the swarms were established directly and permanently inside hive traps. All established swarms were secondary, headed by virgin queen(s). No primary swarm was attracted. When swarm-tissue sachets were placed in hive traps and were also hung in nearby tree branches, 90.9 % of the swarms were attracted. Nine primary swarms formed clusters around the swarm attractant sachets while one secondary swarm was attracted and established directly in a hive trap.

Keywords

Swarm attraction, swarm-tissue, primary swarms, secondary swarms

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