Re: Natural Cell Beekeeping
It has been commented elsewhere that most of the feral bees were decimated by the arrival of mites - trachael and varroa destructor. Could it be that the resurgence of feral populations comes from managed colonies swarming? And those now feral bees have their usual traits.... so how many swarmed managed colonies were NOT resistant, and they are now feral. Did they pass on their non-resistant traits to their offspring and other swarms? Perhaps those are the ones that die out when exposed to larger mite populations? I don't know, I'm just speculating.
Originally Posted by heaflaw
And when the resistant colonies kept by beeks swarm, we now have resistant feral colonies?
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