Bee lining is the age old tradition of finding wild honey bee nests. By capturing bees in a specially constructed box, feeding and then releasing them, we can establish a ‘bee line’ and follow them to their bee tree home. It is a practice that goes back many generations where it was originally used to collect honey.
More recently the technique has been used by our Patron, Professor Thomas Seeley at Cornell University to locate wild honey bee populations for his highly respected research in the Arnot Forest.
These two-chambered bee lining boxes were made by our dear friends at Hudson Valley Bee Supply to a design perfected by Prof. Seeley. Handcrafted in the Catskill mountains using local sustainably harvested rock maple, cherry or black walnut wood for durability, finished with a beeswax polish and detailed with brass hardware, this Bee Lining Box is the perfect balance of form and function, likely destined to become a treasured heirloom. Tom himself has said 'These are the most beautifully made bee lining boxes I have seen'.
To spend a challenging afternoon hunting the elusive wild honey bee, this box is the perfect tool for the job.
Thank you Hudson Valley Bee Supply for donating these beauties in support of Bees for Development.