Re: Factors contributing to Swarms and Swarm Prevention
Walt, I am sure you are making a wonderful point. but nearly every other word in this post makes no sense to me. IT is almost like you introduced a foreign language to the conversation.
What is a minimum capped honey reserve or expansion limit? I have never heard of either one.
I believe I have seen for myself the plodding expansion you describe. I have been at a loss as to what I am seeing.
"They can still be expanding at reproductive swarm cut off timing, without backfilling".
This almost sounds contradictory. are you still talking about a colony that is plodding along about expansion? I am not sure a weak plodding colony is subject of a swarm conversation. It woudl seem to me they are not functioning normally for a colony for whatever reasons and that is the subject for a completely different conversation on bee behavior.At the very least it is something like a curve ball and adds to my confusion of your comments.
Most confusing in this comment is the "reproductive swarm cut off timing". Again I have never heard of a cut off timing?
You say there is a combination of triggers. Expansion limit which I don't understand anything about and backfilling which I do understand.
Finally the last reference that leaves me going Huh? "repro c/o concept". What the hell is that? I am pretty sure it is confusing simply because quite a bit of your post has already left me wondering just what you are talking about. I suspect that most of it woudl clear up for me with an understanding of the "Expansion limit" which I have never heard of. at least not referred to like that.
I do recognize from my one plodding swarm this past year that some bees will only expand so far. I have no idea as to why.
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