- Sep 5, 2017
- Reaction score
- West Wickham/ N Kent BR4
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
At NHBS he seemed to be saying a number of people were experiencing this, not him alone, but this sort of thing probably has to be anecdotal short of some massive survey. I've no idea about his breeding.one of his hobby horses - but no real proof of this from all around the country, maybe it's just that he has bred poor performing queens.
and as an aside - don't ever believe that you have no varroa, not as you're in Kent anyway
Re V counts: for years I have always had verroa, up and down, sometimes only 1 or 2 a week drop. But just maybe the people who link V. missing with N ceranae may have a point. Likely V. get N.c too and it is possible they are hit harder... just a thought, but I'd say V. missing was my observation e.g. "regular consistent counts drop to zero in 3 hives at same time"; and I do regular and detailed base board observations and hi quality images logged.
We do need to admit evidence, maybe with a note of suspicion - which I have too. So I'd say V are around but maybe killed out just now in my hives??