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Is it just me? or do other people notice a distinct smell when your head is in the middle of a swarm!
 

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It is usualy into my welly's by then Grizzly!!!!:puke:

Possibley Bannana, but there is s strong smell.
 

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I think that often you are either head-down and not necessarily aware that it's a swarm or realise it and are thinking of other things than the smell. Whoops there goes half the colony!

I'll try to bear in mind to pay attention next time I find myself in a swarm situation. Good point.
 

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Hombre

I am refering to when catching a swarm e.g 15 ft up a ladder and head in the swarm.

My mind is one with the swarm, and I think the queen is controling me:confused:
 

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Early days Jim, not had that particular pleasure yet I can imagine that it might be a bit disorienting/etherial.

I get very imaginative/insecure when up tall ladders. Springy ones put my imagination into overtime and I just can't contemplate my head in a buzzing swarm at 15ft. I know that I wouldn't fall, because I would be holding on too tight! :)

I heard someone mention the smell of bananas a while back and at that time it was posed as a question to an apiary manager and I hadn't heard of it previously. Much for me to learn.
 

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There is.

Its the bees scenting to each other to keep the swarm together.

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The slight banana smell, I've also noticed this when a colony is in a real strop.

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It's 2-methylbutyl acetate,the very same chemical that gives juicy fruit chewing gum its flavour.
 

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I am going to offer some association members i dont like some juicy fruit at the next apiary meeting, and ask them lots of questions when they open up the hive.
:sifone:
 

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Does your chewing gum lose it's bee swarm on the bed-post over night?
Could it be that you have single handedly sunk the sale of lemon-grass oil overnight.
Novel thought. if you report positive results Admin, will you be off down to your paper-shop to corner the market?
 

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You could also try a pear drop or a little car paint thinner.
 

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The slight banana smell, I've also noticed this when a colony is in a real strop.

Rich
Hence the warning - never open a hive after eating a banana- the smell is very like their panic pheromone apparently - they will kick off!! :ack2:
 

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