That's what I've been suspecting, that the low nectar issues stressed my bees to the point of making them susceptible to the viral issues in a way that they haven't been in the five years I've been keeping bees. This summer I will be keeping a closer eye on their food stores especially if weather patterns stay unfriendly.
Looks like winter is returning its suppose to be below zero overnight this weekend up my way. And we may not get into the 30's again till Friday. This weather makes March feel like the longest month of the year! At least we get an extra hour of daylight in the evening starting this weekend.
One would hope. 8-12" forecasted for Tuesday and I'm losing faith.
Oops! Sorry. Maybe they're wrong.
I would love to time it right and get two to three brood cycles before the spring flow. I am looking for quick build up this spring as I am going to be making a lot of splits this season.
Heard back from the Mass Chief Apiary Inspector on the reported IAPV outbreak:
To answer your question: IAPV was detected as part of bee samples taken from colonies in Worcester and Harwich. Please note that not all the bees from these samples were found to be infected with IAPV.
A little background on IAPV. It was discovered in Israel in 2004 and prematurely and wrongly thought to be a major cause of CCD (Cox-Foster et al., 2007). The virus may infect all stages and castes of honey bees. The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, is an active vector of this virus as well as many others, thus the best method to prevent associated infections is to create an intensive IPM program for Varroa mite control in all honey bee colonies within an apiary. The effects of IAPV include progressive paralysis, weakening and death. This mainly occurs in colonies during the Summer/Fall when the Varroa mite levels are at their peak along with the colony population (brood) levels. In addition to feeding from Varroa mites, IAPV is also transmitted vertically from the queen to progeny. Given this, you could also consider re-queening a colony immediately if you suspect infection of this virus.
The best method to combat IAPV (and foster overall healthy honey bees) is to practice good husbandry and best management practices (see the Mass Beekeepers document for more info: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/agr/pro...p/bee-bmps.pdf) and perform IPM protocols to manage for Varroa mites. I have attached a brochure that we created to assist beekeepers in making good decisions about Varroa mite control. Please review and consider sampling your colony monthly to determine your mite level and then consider the available treatment options for further action.
Thanks Bob, could be the reason so many hives died in NE. Weakened by the virus, mite bombs and gone
I haven't observed any pollen coming in yet I'm in central NH (Gilmanton). Im not trying to give any advice Im a first year beekeeper just stating what I'm up to. Thanks for the info I'm on here to learn and share what I'm experiencing.