hi all,

i live in alamogordo near holloman air force base. i made a bee hive out of wood from a picture in a magazine. i do need to find out how i attract a queen bee. i planted lantana and russian sage, there was already catnip plants there. last year the bees were all over the catnip blossoms.

i understand in the spring if there are to many queens in a hive a queen will leave the hive with some workers and look for a new hive. how can i attract the queen to my hive.

i have read about the many different species of bees. is it possible to attract a queen that produces bees that do not sting?

Thanks for your help.

bob miller

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Comment by Rob Shepler on November 28, 2012 at 5:38pm

Hi Bob!


I live up in Mayhill so I am semi close to you. Sounds like you want to get into beekeeping, there is a lot to know and I would love to help you if I can. A great place to start learning about bees is Michal Bush’s website http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm I really learned a lot from him. I am returning to bees after a 30 year absence.


Did you build a top bar hive?


I have read where people have had good luck with a bait hive, Paul’s idea of the lemongrass oil is a good one. The key with a bait hive seems to be the height, it needs to be about 15 feet in the air and have an over all volume of about 5 to 10 gallons. I am going to try a couple up here in the spring.


We started a social network of us in the southern part of the state, if you go to the main page of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association and scroll to the bottom of the page you will find an area called “Groups”. In that section you will find a group called “Southern New Mexico Beekeepers” that’s us! Please join us, there are some really good folks down in this area and you could pick up a bit of knowledge from them.


Glad to hear of your interest in bees, they are amazing creatures. Contact me any time you want to talk about bees.


Rob Shepler

Mayhill, NM

Comment by Bob Miller on October 16, 2012 at 5:29am

Thanks Paul. if no luck with attracting a queen i will contact you in the spring.


Comment by Paul McCarty on October 15, 2012 at 7:58pm

You cannot attract a queen-bee, but you can put some lemongrass oil on a cotton ball and place it in the hive and try to attract a swarm. Your best bet would be to buy some bees though. I might have some in Spring.


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