Bologna Trap description for collecting adult workers for laboratory experiments

The Bologna Trap acts as a funnel that can be placed over the lower front portion of a hive. Because the trap can remain on the colony for an indefinite period of time in an open position, workers will pass in and out of the colony normally (Fig. 5). The bottom of the funnel acts as an extension of the flight board, sealing tightly to it and to the front of the hive so that exiting individuals leave the hive and enter the trap by walking (Fig. 6). The funnel is curved upwards, reaching an inclination of approximately 30°; any greater inclination may result in dead honey bee accumulation in the trap. The funnel ends with an adaptor (i.e. a lid with a large hole cut out) for where a collection container to be attached (Fig. 7). See section for a description of a collection container.

Fig. 5. Bologna Traps, without collection containers, attached to the entrance of honey bee colonies.

Figure 5

Fig. 6. A detached Bologna Trap. Arrow points to proximal portion of the trap that can be attached to the lower front portion of the hive to completely and securely surround the hive entrance.

Figure 6

 Fig. 7. Terminal end of the Bologna Trap. The ring (i.e., a lid with a large hole cut away) 819 accommodates a collection container that can be attached to obtaining flying honey bees 820 exiting the colony.

Figure 7