Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics
I'm pretty sure it has to do with what a colony does with a half gallon of syrup.
There seems to be the assumption that the syrup is distributed evenly to each of the 60,000 assumed bees in the hive....spaced out over the amount of time between feedings evenly.
This is not what happens...the syrup is probably consumed in less than 24 hours and much of it is likely stored.
We have no accounting of the surplus.....colonies such as these would generally produce a surplus of honey or swarm during the season. Werevsypers places on these hives? Were broodframes spun out? The stored honey is clearly the mode of action (in the last study, the one dosed colony that survived was a small cluster on stores inside a feeder....that were stored before the dosing began).
Without knowing what happened to the surplus (honey and/or bees ) and what was in the surplus, it is impossible to know what happened.
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