Re: Winter losses vs. Summer gains
This is a topic that I would like to see serious discussion about. it is one I do not think one bee breeder much less beekeeper actually has a grip on. I know for a fact that selection pressure in other cases. That result in something more like mutation type results. are on the scale of 1 in thousands. that means for every several thousand individuals produced. only one is selected. and that process for selection requires days just to examine for desirable traits.
Originally Posted by zhiv9
But we are talking about promoting natural methods. so what would be natural selection or more accurately survival rates? I see a lot of comments about the high losses of treatment free beekeepers. High compared to what? Traditional beekeepers? I don't see that. I also see traditional beekeepers reporting complete losses. Natural losses? Who even knows what they might be? Can we find out or at least make an informed guesstimate? I suspect natural survival is extremely low. It is critical to how natural selection allows those individual with the ability to resist to move to the forefront. it not only gives them advantage. it clears out the clutter and gives them room to expand at a tremendous rate. It is a feast and famine sort of situation. Every failed colony makes a place for the resistant colony to take up residence. SO nature not only favors the strong it actively destroys the weak. I believe that it is the destruction that is far more important than the advantage. This would tend to favor the hard core bond method. kill em quick so there is room for the indestructible. I don't think many beekeepers would tolerate such methods.
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