I would say that there's an error embedded within your question. When something 'happens' in the environment, it will always have a cause, certainly - but to then go one stage further and suggest that it has a purpose is, I suggest, somewhat teleological (def. relating to or involving the explanation of phenomena in terms of the purpose they serve rather than of the cause by which they arise.)Something I've always wondered; the smaller swarm season that occurs in August/ September, what purpose does that serve the bees? It seems suicidal to me for them to swarm that late in the season, especially here in upstate NY. Can anyone enlighten me?
Essentially an error within a population of bee's that has yet to be corrected by evolution? And resulting in their demise/ the demise of their mother hive everytime. I guess... I would be interested to know what proportion of colonies tend to swarm late in the season and whether its more common with a certain variety; like the Italians perhaps since they are a warmer climate bee compared to Russians. I hope more people chime in with their own experience!I would say that there's an error embedded within your question. When something 'happens' in the environment, it will always have a cause, certainly - but to then go one stage further and suggest that it has a purpose is, I suggest, somewhat teleological (def. relating to or involving the explanation of phenomena in terms of the purpose they serve rather than of the cause by which they arise.)
So maybe there isn't a purpose - it just happens.
PS. bit like lemmings throwing themselves off a cliff, or whales stranding themselves on the beach. There will be a cause, certainly ... but "purpose" ?
that's bees to a T, massive amount of genetic recombination providing random combinations to be tested outsome randomness is essential to provide fodder for selective evolution,
If I had to guess.....Late summer swarms used to be unknown in my country, but over the last several years, while still unusual, are becoming more and more common. Nobody seems to know why.
That thought makes me think (from what I've seen) could that be the results of packages and nuc's coming from southern breeders that are not acclimated to norther climates. This is my first year and I bought 5 frames nuc's from a local breeder, (Italian mutts) from local hives. Now I haven't face my first winter yet but so far, so good-impressive growth and honey production so far with few pest issues. I had looked a sources from the Carolina's and Florida had learned in a beekeeping class to stay local.With a strong fall flow, a lot of these swarms might make it. Think how fast a new hive from a swarm builds comb and fills it.
A lot of the genetics comes from the south anyway, where the seasons are long and not much cold. Farther north it wouldn't work, but it might in Florida or south Texas so our northern bees are out of sync with the environment.
there is some truth to that but what you said is not the full truth as we first derived our bees from nature. If it had an ideal bee for us we wouldn't have messed with it so much. most are only good at reproducing faster than they perished. Many wild honeybees are just good for a little local pollination here and there which is better than nothing but as beekeepers we want colonies that excel in certain categories. Whether wild or no a hive will perish at some point. Due to a bad year, a predator at the wrong moment etc. After catching and cutting out bees for many years I would much rather have the stock I select. They survive better and make fewer dumb decisions.Bees don't "always know best".
But the Nature ruthlessly weeds out the idiots and the unfit.
Unfortunately, the Humans propagate the idiots and the unfit - then we have what we have.