[Homeroast] Part of the Home Roaster Club
yakster at gmail.com
Tue May 11 20:25:50 CDT 2010
The smoke actually masks attack pheromones and pacifies the bees so that
they don't attack. Never used it myself but my dad, grandma, and friends
have kept bees. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-bee-smoker.htm
You guys must be roasting sweet sweet coffee to attract the bees, or it
could just be the aerosolized caffeine from the roasting that they prefer,
as hinted at by this study:
http://tinyurl.com/2cc7oe9. Not only do bees like coffee, coffee likes bees
as well according to another study: http://tinyurl.com/2cd4jty.
I remember climbing a guyed tower in Georgia... we had to climb the tower
early before the wind picked up because wasps were attracted to the tower...
I think it was the sound of the wind through the tower guys. Hard to get
away from wasps when your fifty feet in the air on a narrow tower. Maybe
the bees like the sound of the roasting motor?
On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 5:27 PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee <
sweetmarias at sweetmarias.com> wrote:
> Yes I thought that was funny too Ray. Maybe these are new smoke-immune
> bees, and they swarm holding little coffee cups...
> "...attract a swarm of bees to me while roasting outside."
>> I understand that beekeepers send the hive bees Away by waving a smoke
>> kind of like the Pope with a censer- when they want to work the hive/
>> extract honeycomb. Maybe you attract discriminating bees. What a concept!
>> Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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