Lately, I've been noticing that my experience in beekeeping is different to others. It's not just that I'm contrary and do most things differently, it's that I see things differently, things seem to happen differently. I have a few examples.
Comb: My comb seems to be much more attractive to wax moths. People have told me that empty brood comb is not as attractive. If I leave mine sitting around the shop, even in open air exposed to light, it will pretty soon have worms in it. A guy who took care of some of my hives for a while noted how much quicker the moths went after my comb than his in a deadout.
Hive size: Even with tasty comb, my bees still seem to have no problem guarding massive amounts of empty comb year 'round. Others tell me that if the hive is too big for the colony, they'll lose comb in the extremities to wax moths. Is this related to the differences in the bees' ability to detect intruders due to the presence of chemicals?
Upper entrances: Others talk about chimney effect and chilled bees. I have hives survive year after year with both upper and lower entrances.
CCD: Haven't seen it.
Varroa: Large crashes in my apiaries predicted many dozens of times have not materialized.
AFB: Haven't seen it. And I have been looking.
EFB: Haven't seen it.
SHB: Not a big problem around here, but I do find beetles from time to time.
Nosema: Other than a couple of cases of dysentery mid-winter, I see no evidence of it.
Swarming: My year 'round really big hives do not swarm much if ever.
I'm trying to figure out how best I can serve the beekeeping community, especially the avid hobbyists and micro-sideliners like myself. It's hard to do that if I'm not experiencing what everybody else is experiencing.