Re: How many mites can a hive survive?
How did this heavily infested hive behave? Did the living bees have a different behavior than normal?
I ask these questions because here... when I have had heavy mite populations, the bees appeared to be sluggish, not really able to defend their space. And certainly not able to fend off SHB populations. Most of my mite hives die not from mites, but simply give up the hives to the SHB. At least so goes my latest hypothesis.
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