4.2.3. Establishing a beeline

The most essential step of tracking bees using this method is to establish a beeline. The easiest way to establish beelines is to provide a highly attractive foraging source or feeding station, for honey bees and allow the foragers time to locate the source. This requires minimal effort for the observer to attract foraging honey bees. It also allows the observer to place a foraging source in a location that will make it easy for him or her to track the beelines. Once beelines are established, the foraging source can be replenished and beeline maintained. Beelines can also be established in locations where foraging honey bees are already located such as flower patches or water sources (see sections and Setting up a feeding station