Re: Got a Visit from the Bee Inspector.
I don't know that any blanket statement about feral bees can be made w/ any accuracy any more so than any blanket statement about managed colonies. I can say that I know of a cavity which has had bees in it for the last 12 years or more. During the years of my observing the entrance I have seen one year which I can recall when the colony must have died. And then it was reoccupied the next year.
So, I think it is safe to say that feral hives get occupied by swarms. Those colonies may survive for a number of years, casting off swarms most likely, and then they die. Getting reoccupied the next year or some year after that.
I have a maple tree hive in my front yard that has been unoccupied for a couple of years now. Maybe I should let some of my home yd hives swarm?
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen