Re: Large pesticide bee-kill in minnesota
I hear you bro, but there's a problem with that. Yes, if the vandals come back, they will definitely be caught on camera, vandalizing your hives. Assuming they're not masked or concealed well enough to confound the police (unlikely, kids as a rule are not that smart), you'll be able to have them arrested. But - they'll be arrested for vandalizing your apiary, which means that they just killed all your bees - again! So they've been caught, but there was a price.
Originally Posted by cerezha
Now you and I - well I, I don't really know how many colonies you live to keep - for argument's sake let's say I put ten hives in that apiary, and I lost all ten to the vandals. I can absorb the cost of ten new hives without too much hardship, so I can still call the colonies' sacrifice a victory in the end.
But let's try to fit that shoe on the foot we're discussing in this thread. Another person recently suggested that, all things being equal, it did not seem very likely Mr. Ellis would set up his colonies as bait to be sacrificed in order to catch the "vandals" - in this case, the farmers and their toxic chemicals - because his sacrifice would be something like a quarter of a million dollars in bees and furniture. That's huge, and I must say I agree it's very unlikely anybody would be willing to just "absorb" that kind of hit solely make a point about planter dust unless they were truly obsessed fanatics.
Beeless since 2012; coming back in 2014. Suffering from apicultural withdrawal!