Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey
My Heartfelt Apology to JohnTheFarmer.
Originally Posted by GLOCK
All I can say is it must have been a bad cup of coffee, and I've just gotten upset from the postings lately blaming all beehive losses on CCD and Neonics. I had no reason to lash out so and I'm sorry.
But, I've had strong flows where chunks of dripping honey was laying out with no bees paying attention to it, the ants seemed more interested. This was in a strong late spring flow. On the other hand, I've had days when bees would not leave my glass of Pepsi alone as I ventured out to watch them flying. That was at late summer dearth. Anything sweet out at that time was investigated by the bees, and a frame of honey was robbed out with a frenzy. My good friend in beekeeping used to always have a frame of honey hanging on his porch, he used it to monitor nectar flows at his yard. So it's been my observations that setting honey frames out to see if they get robbed back or not, is not a valid test to see if your hive has been vacated because of CCD or Neonic contamination.
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed, I treat but have not perfected varroa management yet.