Any correlation between dearth and swarming?
In coastal California it has been exceptionally foggy and cool this season. My bees and harvest have been "normal", but a fellow beekeeper has had very little honey to harvest and produced a number of swarms even into late August. His theory is that because there isn't much out there the bees are producing swarms to reduce the population and reduce the amount of stores the hive needs to survive. I'm having a hard time believing this makes sense. Is there typically a correlation between dearths and swarm production? We've tried to research without much luck.