I have had three calls this week looking for bees for almonds. Offers were 95 to 100 to me. I would have to pay transportation...I passed as I think it wil be much higher come Feb. One told me my phone would be ringing more in a month or two! I wouldnt go to Ca for a net of $70 anyway. From what I'm being told lots bees are dying/dead or weak in ca. I have talked to three other large beeks/brokers in last two days all opinions are this will be the worst shortage of bees yet. One grower is waiting until Feb 1 to contract bees as he thinks they will be cheap and he needs 16,000 hives....I wish him luck but all this was caused by the undercutting last yr. I told brokers I would talk for 150(130 to me) and would come for 200(175 to me). They said they would probably be calling!