Bee Lining

Bee lining (or bee hunting) is the time honored tradition of using the “bee line” or flightpath of foragers returning to the hive to help locate the hive. Bee hunters used the bee lining box to capture foragers on flowers. A honeycomb with syrup scented with anise oil is then placed in the second compartment and the captured bee is allowed to enter the second chamber. The bee discovers the rich nectar source, loads up and heads for the bee tree or hive. Other workers are recruited and they return to the bee lining box. The direction that they fly is called the bee line and indicates the direction to the hive.

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