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pwiles1968



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Baiting Insects for macro Reply with quote

I have been asked a couple of times what I am using to Bait Bumblebees and Hoverflies, it is Plain Sugar Water, The Mix is about 2:1 Water to White Cane Sugar by volume (60ml water I add 4-6 spoons sugar), it is enough that the sugar dissolves in cold water with a bit of agitating, not so much that it is a syrup.

I keep it in a pot in the fridge along with my syringe and change it out after about a week if it has not run out.

I use a homemade syringe to get the mix into flowers its a Football Pump Valve screwed into an old pet medicine syringe body basically an open tube.

I watch where the bees etc are feeding and how they are feeding, then choose a couple of flowers or sets of flowers and bait them then with a few drops and wait .... once they find it they will hang around for a little while, hoverflies will hang around for ages once they get a taste and will put up with being moved a lot.



Love to hear your tips/tricks.
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rajyesyes



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wonderful tip... saw just now. was wondering how to go about it..

thanks Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:00 am    Post subject: Bait Reply with quote

Why not go straight to the hard stuff? Honey dissolved in water.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A beekeeper told me it can carry diseases.

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