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chasfromnorfolk
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« on: January 12, 2020, 01:12:05 PM »

Of course we all know they’re capable of amazing detective work to get whatever it is they need at that moment, but I was surprised to find these in the chicken food bucket just 30 mins from when I left it in the garden. It has minute traces of an aniseed essence additive barely detectable by the human schnozzle. The hive is 50 yards away. It’s a gusty day with not a lot of bees flying. Could they smell it from the hive?

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2020, 02:30:20 PM »

You probably only need one to get close by and smell it then go back to the hive and dance for the others to let them know.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2020, 03:08:07 PM »

Here is a bee-keeper’s experience of anise.
https://mudsongs.org/big-difference-between-anise-extract-and-anise-oil/
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2020, 03:53:21 PM »

Interesting, that posting about aniseed... doesn’t say why they were adding it to syrup, but certainly confirms they go for it in a big way. A googling returns the info that it may be added ‘to get them interested’. Odd that, never known bees not to be interested in syrup.
One thing’s for sure, you could not have contrived to add the tiny amount in that bucket - and they certainly found that!
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