Re: survival of individual colonies
A queen with no bees cannot survive. So she alone cannot qualify as a colony. bees without a queen cannot survive so they also cannot be considered a colony on their own. Only at the point a colony has a complete sustainable unit can it be considered a colony. This would require a mated queen with the bees to support all function of a complete colony. Foraging, housekeeping, nursing rearing brood, wax making comb building, and making winter stores.
Originally Posted by BernhardHeuvel
Once a colony has attained colon status it remains a colony. even in the event it where to loose one or more of the components of a complete colony. it is capable of restoring that component. most commonly the loss of the queen. it is capable or rearing a new queen and continuing to survive.
I have 30 nucs with mated queens. as of yesterday I found 5 of them had lost their queens most likely due to robbing. I consider all of them a lost colony although they where never larger than 3 frames of bees. We also made 6 other nucs queenless. I do not consider these lost colonies because they have the ability although slim to rear new queens.
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