Fall harvesting review- Reprint From Nov Beediverse Newsletter

OVERVIEW OF HARVESTING COCOONS
  1. Harvesting cocoons begins by opening nests and carefully removing cocoons with a scoop.
  2. Cocoons are placed in water to remove sand and mud and some mites.
  3. Then cocoons are rinsed under running water while in a metal sieve to remove remaning mites,
  4. The final rinse is in a weak bleach solution  (0.05%)
  5. Cocoons are dried for about 1 hr on a paper towel.
  6. Dry cocoons can then be candled.   Candling is done over a flashlight (6V with an irridescent bulb) in a candling dish in a dark room to remove any parasitized cocoons.
  7. The final stage is cleaning the nesting trays .

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