How To Wash Bees

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Published on March 18, 2009

Author: sdroege

Source: slideshare.net

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This slide show documents how to wash bees that have been collected in water or preserved in alcohol.

Setting up Your Own Bee uty Salon Sam Droege Mark Inda

The Problem While it is very handy to capture and store bees in water, alcohol, glycol, or formalin Bees pinned straight out of those liquids look atrocious Hair heavily matted, wings glued to one another, and identifying the specimen is difficult And they just look bad and who wants to look at bad looking bees?

While it is very handy to capture and store bees in water, alcohol, glycol, or formalin

Bees pinned straight out of those liquids look atrocious

Hair heavily matted, wings glued to one another, and identifying the specimen is difficult

And they just look bad and who wants to look at bad looking bees?

The Solution Getting a good looking specimen is a 2 step process 1. Good Washing 2. Good Drying

Getting a good looking specimen is a 2 step process

1. Good Washing

2. Good Drying

Both Step are Necessary Don’t delude yourself that your specimens are any different

Don’t delude yourself that your specimens are any different

 

The Bee Washer Creating a bee washer is so easy there is no reason not too Get a pint or quart canning jar (buy a jar with preserves of jam in it from the farmer’s market)

Creating a bee washer is so easy there is no reason not too

Get a pint or quart canning jar (buy a jar with preserves of jam in it from the farmer’s market)

The Bee Washer Remove the central metal disk Replace that disk with a piece of plastic window screen Plastic window screen is cheap and sold in any hardware store. Plastic window screen is preferable to metal screens as metal screens often unravel

Remove the central metal disk

Replace that disk with a piece of plastic window screen

Plastic window screen is cheap and sold in any hardware store.

Plastic window screen is preferable to metal screens as metal screens often unravel

 

Bee Washing To wash bees dump your specimens into the bee washer with whatever liquid they are stored in If they are reluctant to leave that container, just add more water to flush them out Replace the lid with the screen in place Dump the liquid out through the screen Add some water and rinse the specimens once to get that gookiest sludge out

To wash bees dump your specimens into the bee washer with whatever liquid they are stored in

If they are reluctant to leave that container, just add more water to flush them out

Replace the lid with the screen in place

Dump the liquid out through the screen

Add some water and rinse the specimens once to get that gookiest sludge out

Wet Insects are Tough We have never seen any damage to insects during the washing phase You can shake and swirl them to your heart’s content

We have never seen any damage to insects during the washing phase

You can shake and swirl them to your heart’s content

Warm Water – NOT Cold Water Add enough warm water to amply cover the specimen, but don’t fill the jar to the top. Usually this means about 1/3 to 1/4 full Like washing your clothes, warm water not cold water gets the pollen, dirt, and especially the regurgitated nectar (the worst)out

Add enough warm water to amply cover the specimen, but don’t fill the jar to the top.

Usually this means about 1/3 to 1/4 full

Like washing your clothes, warm water not cold water gets the pollen, dirt, and especially the regurgitated nectar (the worst)out

Detergentize Add a big squirt of dish washing detergent Other cleaning fluids will work fine too, such as ammonia, degreaser, 409, laundry detergent, etc. Dish washing detergent keeps your hands nice and soft though

Add a big squirt of dish washing detergent

Other cleaning fluids will work fine too, such as ammonia, degreaser, 409, laundry detergent, etc.

Dish washing detergent keeps your hands nice and soft though

Swirl Vigorously for One Minute and Not Less People tend to shortcut this phase and then wonder why their specimens look all goopy Duh. When you wash your clothes you don’t just dip them in water…or do you? Bees look bad usually because you didn’t wash them long enough to get rid of the nectar in their hair Hint: While swirling for one minute read email from your Supervisor

People tend to shortcut this phase and then wonder why their specimens look all goopy

Duh. When you wash your clothes you don’t just dip them in water…or do you?

Bees look bad usually because you didn’t wash them long enough to get rid of the nectar in their hair

Hint: While swirling for one minute read email from your Supervisor

Rinse Until Clear Now simply dump out the water in the jar (through the screen obviously) And add and dump water until the water is clear

Now simply dump out the water in the jar (through the screen obviously)

And add and dump water until the water is clear

Next: Drying Your Clean Bees See the associated slide shows or Power Points on Bee drying (soon to come) Paper Towel Technique Blow Dryer Technique Automatic Dryer

See the associated slide shows or Power Points on Bee drying (soon to come)

Paper Towel Technique

Blow Dryer Technique

Automatic Dryer

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