Could it be possible that concern over these absconding events you've described, yours and that of your beekeeper friend, are the result of current "heightened awareness" due to the CCD phenomenon being in the forefront of everyones mind?
I wonder if two years ago anyone would have even given this a second thought? Perhaps not. In the recent past a 5% loss in a yard of 20 hives would have not drawn much attention, but now it raises eyebrows and concern grows. With just cause.
Most cases of CCD that I've read about included many hives in a yard with very high percentage losses, in a short period of time. And most had the queen, either dead or alive, left behind with a handful of workers.
Just some of my thoughts on this FWIW.
Last edited by Mike Gillmore; 09-27-2007 at 03:55 PM.
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