Re: Expelled Drones
Interesting as this is what I've been trying to explain to people as I had never seen it b/4, hives appear totally queenless long after they could possible have a queen and the hive is acting like they are perfectly happy, put in a queen cell and they tear it down, put in a queen and they kill it until you find that queen running around, but not all hives in a yard.
Originally Posted by Beeslave
as to the neonic's, read randy olivers article this month. from memory(not exactly as I read it once and gave the article to another beek), the speculation was that the neonics at corn planting time were not killing the worker bees (not enough ppm) but apparently the newly emerging(younger) bees were affected(killed) by it. Maybe these are the bees that feed the droans? also the farmers has to be planting with the newmatic?(air injected) planter, causes the coating to be put in the air. he also was looking at bee kills in ohio or indiana or in that area, canada is looking at the same problem in one area of the country, some of the beeks have posted on here and on bee-l. there is a link on bee-l to the kill information. new york was listed as an area having problems reported. last year only one of my apiaries was near corn, this year all but one are near corn as the milk price is up and all the land is going to corn. three of the fields were planted with newmatic planters, in one case the truck unloading the corn seed with an auger was parked twenty feet in front of my hives, so far no problems.
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