Drone sampling

Honey bee drones can be lured by synthetic queen pheromone into a trap kept aloft by a weather balloon. See section on trapping drones in the BEEBOOK paper on behaviour (Scheiner et al., 2013). Workers can be sampled from wild or managed colonies.

  • Capture drones (ideally between 100-200 individuals) from a previously identified DCA by flying the pheromone trap between 12:00 and 17:00 hours (depending on the region and season), above 17 °C, under sunny and windless conditions, during the swarming season. See section 13.4 on locating DCAs in the BEEBOOK paper on methods to study behaviour (Scheiner et al., 2013).