Does swarming reduce honey harvest for non migratory colonys?
So does swarming actually reduce honey harvest for hives that are not moved from site to site. It seems to me that the colonies build up populations just prior to and during the main honey flow. Then as the flow slacks up they swarm from overpopulation ( out of room). This in effect removes those bees from consuming surplus as the flows slow (except for what they take with them). Late summer early fall swarms actually decrease the necessary store requirements to overwinter.
I know it is totally different for migratories, but most hobbiests and a lot of sideliners don't move their hives. Swarm capture is a good way to increase hive counts but is swarm prevention actually decreasing harvestable honey in static beekeeping operations?