[NAFEX] Bee shortage hypothesis
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Apr 16 12:37:27 EDT 2007
Inbreeding might contribute. But there are a lot of other factors that
haven't been taken into account, which is why I think the "scare" is a
Here are some:
Bees have to defecate in flight. On warm winter days, they fly to
void themselves. With the changeable weather in much of the country,
enough could have been caught outside by a sudden change that the hive
would be weakened by loss of workers enough that it couldn't keep
itself warm well enough and would be killed as cold weather returned.
Early warm weather before there was anything blooming would spur bees
into using their stores to start brood production, then be caught
short when the cold returned, leaving them to starve.
Large numbers of hives are frequently "stored" in big yards where the
close proximity could allow disease to spread more readily.
Dry fall weather could easily have left a lot of hives with low winter
I kept bees long enough to know that it's not unusual to lose as many
as a quarter of the hives even in a normal winter. In an abnormal year
like this one, the percentage is bound to be higher. One good spring
coupled with careful management and you can build back about all you
lost in a hurry. The "news" stories are bad reporting, as far as I'm
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
For even more grape lessons, go to http://www.grapeschool.com
For growing supplies and more; http://www.grapegrowersolutions.com
On Apr 16, 2007, at 9:17 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:
I just watched a television show on honey bees. Bees navigate based on
visual clues. They were able to confuse bees with confusing, repeating
geometric designs in their flight path.
Possibly if a bee were to buy a cellular phone, carrying it home would
problem. Ha, ha, ha. I won't even get into their text messaging
I am not going to rush to judgment, and will wait for verified,
accepted, scientific findings.
Just out of curiosity... How many hybrids, mono cultures of commercial
honey bees are out there? Could we just have a hybrid bee population
has a weakness to some new bee disease?
For example... Think of all the health problems that have been inbred
pedigree dogs by humans. Would man do that to commercial honey bees
Sure we would, if there was a dollar in it.
Go for the simplest answer first. A) new disease, B) Inbred
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Size: 2628 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/private/nafex/attachments/20070416/b6e60496/attachment.bin
More information about the nafex