Re: Fall bees dwindling
What about looking outside the hive?
Just a reminder that bees collect everything and bring back to hive.
What it turns into in the hive is an unknown factor, this is where I remind all of Systemic pesticides which are being used everywhere. And its not just the pesticide also the carrier agents used ( inactive ingredients) in the mix.
side note , the epa tests only the technical grade of pesticides ( the active ingredient) there is no testing of the final product the is used in the field.
I asked my self often why is it that the beekeeping industry always blames itself, as if we are the problem. as I have delved into this problem I see its directly related to the fundamental change in how pest are delt with in agriculture.
Old program: spray pesticide ( Malithion) contact kill on pest, pest dies, product dissipates.
new program: poison plant (Systemic) ie. seed coating or directly added to irrigation system, pest take bite gets case of alztimers, then dies from something else. We no longer directly kill the pest we poison are food chain!
So, with poison plant we get what's reffered to as sublethal doses of poison in hive then in fall time it somehow becomes toxic and hive dwindles.
The challenge is provability, with the old system if beek got sprayed the results were dead bees on ground infront of hive, with new program over a very short period of time we just find a empty box or a handful of bees and queen.
a lot of variables that we have not yet found a way to put the puzzle together.
Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA