Re: A possible explanation for CCD
Stromness: So you are contending that the only possible variable between your hives and your friends is exposure to Neonics even though you have already conceded that they were in an entirely different forage area presumably exposed to different nectar and pollen flows. How about other climactic conditions and specific location variables such as water sources, wind and sun exposure? Are all beekeeping equipment, methods and manipulations identical between your hives and your friends? And let's not so lightly dismiss varroa and the related viruses that they are known to spread. Tell us about you and your friends testing methods and results? Are you aware that there is no more classic sign of varroa mite stressed hives in collapse than seeing far more eggs and open brood than the reduced hive population can possibly care for? Tell us the body of experience that you and your friend (whose observations are a large part of your evidence) actually have. How many hives, how many years? Have either of you had much if any experience with bees prior to the introduction of Neonics? One final question. If I were to take the time to read through your 60+ posts here on Beesource would I find that you have participated in any other general bee discussion besides advancing your Neonic theories?
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