Hi. Are you currently doing BVT?
If you don't want to unnecessarily hurt the bee when grabbing it with your reverse tweezers then feel free to follow this easy step by step guide below. Keep in mind these reverse tweezers were originally designed for soldering electronics purposes so therefore they will exert a lot of unnecessary pressure on the little bee's sensitive body.
• put a zip tie around your tweezers and fasten it a little bit around the area where you would usually put your fingers until the tweezers
open up a little bit. The tail of the zip tie should point upwards
• Now comes the tricky part. Abundantly spray the bee's wings with water and put it on a plate. Wait for the bee to climb up towards the edge of the plate (it will probably climb towards the light or sometimes towards the south pole not sure). Quickly but gently grab the bee's thorax with your left hand (don't get stung on the finger!). Don't fret if you miss the bee. Simply make it crawl onto the tweezers and flick it back into the center of the plate and start again.
Hold the bee at the edge of the plate for a second with the left hand until you can gently insert the bee into the tweezers with your right hand. The tweezers' tip should always be positioned over the relatively robust thorax of the bee.
• Slowly and carefully move the zip tie downwards with your thumb and index finger of your right hand until the bee is locked tightly in your tweezers. Don't make it too tight though or you risk crushing the bee's thorax!
• optional : attach the tweezers to your extension stick for doing lonely back stings
This zip tie technique might also work with regular old school tweezers I'm not sure. Probably not though.
Anyways, I hope this helps. Enjoy this bee friendly way to grab a bee using a zip tie + tweezers. If you like this technique then feel free to make a video tutorial using this technique and share it with other fellow BVT users on other platforms such as flash.lymenet.org among other places.
Don't worry, bee happy!
Post Edited (insomniaaa) : 6/21/2019 12:34:11 PM (GMT-6)