- Jan 15, 2014
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- South of Watford
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I think there is a need to define WILD or FERALWhat evidence do you have on wild bees coping, there are a handful of researched areas boasting wild bees coping. Results with these bees are very mixed when the researchers get there. Not sure there’s a huge amount of evidence for that four years either a large proportion of colonies don’t make it the first year. A friend had an unmanaged colony in a skep display for well over a decade they rarely made even the Start of the third season. As someone who over the years has done a huge number of removals the vast majority do not look like thriving examples of pre varroa and many look like recent occupations of previous dead outs. It’s also not uncommon to look at a entrance and expect to find a reasonable colony inside only to be disappointed and find a colony just hanging in there.
Wild bees do not seem to exist in the main body of the UK, possibly some do in remote parts of the island of Ireland.
However FERAL bees are common... escapees from maintained ( or not) beekeepers colonies.
No surprise then that they (FERAL BEES) have Varroa and all of the viruses associated with them.
Just a point I feel is worth a mention.