Re: Did you know Cuba is treatment-free bee island? It is.
Yes; I noticed the same.
Originally Posted by Litsinger
I immediately thought - the 12 months of non-stop brooding is actually an ideal situation for the mite explosions.
Can you imagine NO natural brood breaks whatsoever?
No AHB either.
Just EHB mutts - all they have.
And yet ....
Speaking of the ticking-bomb predictions - I ignore such predictions - it would have happened long ago.
What is "protected isolated position"? - They ALREADY have mites; for like 25 years.
Small population size? - that only should allow for the population crash faster.
Well, 25 years later in tropical, non-AHB zone they still have bees - the bomb should have exploded many times over by now.
Chances are good the "bomb" prediction itself is just not that good.
For sure, they have NOT been selecting for the most hardy mites these 25 years.
An interesting thought.
I rather feel this is another case similar to Far Eastern Russia in making (much faster too - tropical, no winter location - faster by about x3).
Last edited by GregV; 09-22-2019 at 08:17 PM.
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