Re: Everyone calm down, there is no “bee-pocalypse”
Not true. I sold two hives last spring. Both to people more than three hours away. both claimed they could not find bees otherwise.
Originally Posted by gmcharlie
It is common advice for people to order their bees early or they may not get them.
This past winter there was a shortage of colonies for almonds in California many contracts where not filled or shorted to get colonies spread around enough. Few groves got the number of colonies they wanted.
What bees are available are only available by direct and intense effort. entire businesses are based upon producing bees alone. Replacement is not increase. drastic losses do not result in increase even if the number of hives are greater. it is called compensation. keeping more hives in anticipation of the increased losses expected. that is not increase. and it is anything but an indication that the situation with bees is getting better.
If you visited someone in December and found a decorated tree in their house. then returned a year later and still saw a tree in their house. you might be lead to believe they always have a tree in their house. Or you can apply a bit of common knowledge and see the truth.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)