Re: Randy Oliver, Queen Breeding, explanation for Treatment-Free Successes and Failur
Barry I've always had that in my treated hives if varroa levels are getting up, and see it in the hives of others also. I've seen it in my sc tf hives also but have not been around sc tf long enough to really say if it's more common than in treated hives. But I think it's just a sign of varroa numbers getting high wether the hive is treated or not, I would concur with Michael Bush on that.
Originally Posted by Barry
As to Sol's suggestion that this may be a manifestation of something left in bees genes from some threat they were exposed to in the distant past, I think this is highly likely. Otherwise, how would they know to do it.
However, the other explanation could be somewhat different, fully hygienic bees remove the pupa completely, and bees that just remove the capping may be trying to be hygienic, but not doing it properly. Do they really have the "intelligence" to attempt to dry out the male varroa mite? Who really knows? But I suspect there may be another explanation.
As to the question raised why Randy does not go treatment free, this is part of the dilema faced by people who have to make a profit. He can see the reasons for being treatment free, and possibly has a better understanding of the subject than anyone here. But he has to be practicle, it is not just a hobby for him.
Last edited by Oldtimer; 02-28-2012 at 12:23 AM.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).