Queen Juice

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  1. Bsweet

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    I have read that you can put the old queen bodies in alcohol and make a lure, so I have a couple of questions.
    #1 can you put multiple bodies in a single container for a stronger lure
    #2 can you do the same with capped queen cells removed from the frames

    Thank you Jim
     
  2. G3farms

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    #1 yes

    #2 good question, never thought of that.
     

  3. Iddee

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    To the best of my knowledge, virgin queens do not emit a queen pheromone. They only produce queen pheromones after they are mated.

    If that is true, then I would think the pupa would be useless as a lure.
     
  4. Bsweet

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    Then drones locate virgin queens by sight or sound?
     
  5. brendantm130

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    Don't they by sight, hence the very large eyes?
     
  6. Iddee

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    When a queen flies into a DCA, there is little chance she will be missed. Her flight sound is very loud compared to a drone, and they have good eyesight. That coupled with hundreds of drones in the immediate area. Of course, smell may come into play, too, but it isn't the same smell that keeps the hive together.
     
  7. DCoates

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    I've got a queen "soup" with 8 or 9 queens in an small container filled with alcohol . I put them in there this Fall when I requeened. I normally just discarded them after requeening but had heard of using them for lures so I figured I'd try it. I don't know if it works yet.
     
  8. brooksbeefarm

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    I've never heard of it. Looks like the alcohol would kill the pheromone smell. :confused: Jack
     
  9. Bsweet

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    Thanks folks for the replies and information,still learnin which meens I ain't dead. LOL just got to thinkin and wondering. I guess its just spring. Jim
     
  10. Greenb3tree

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    Alcohol actually is very good at picking up scents and oils. That's why it washes away a lot of smells. Cologne is alcohol, water, and essential oils. It evaporates very quickly leaving the scent behind. Perfumes have other ingredients to boost the scents and make them longer lasting and have the highest percentage of essential oils. So you are making queen cologne!

    JC
     
  11. brooksbeefarm

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    Thanks Greenb3tree, i never thought of it that way, :confused: of course it would depend on the type of alcohol you used also. :mrgreen: Jack
     
  12. Iddee

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    Alcohol, Jack, not booze. There IS a difference. :p :lol:
     
  13. DCoates

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    My drink tastes funny... What's in this?
     
  14. Bsweet

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    No worms in the bottle just queens. LOL
     
  15. Bsweet

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    Hey do you think if I put the queen bodies in my wiskey that uncle sam would allow it as a deduction?????
     
  16. Omie

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    Do you just use rubbing alcohol from the drugstore for making queen juice?
     
  17. Iddee

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    yes, but it comes in different strengths. Try to get the 80 or 90 percent one. I wouldn't trust the weaker 60 percent stuff.
     
  18. Omie

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    Thanks, 90 it is.
    Are you supposed to squish the queen before you drop her in, OR do you just drop her in whole? What are the differences in the final product potency, and is one method more 'humane' you think?
     
  19. Iddee

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    Just drop her in. Death will be instant.
     
  20. Omie

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    Ok, fine with me if I don't have to squish anyone!

    I know when dropping ticks into alcohol they do some creepy 'swimming' for a minute before they stop moving...but ticks are like little armored tanks compared to honeybees, right?