[ExI] Bee recovery signs hopeful?
spike66 at att.net
Fri Jun 26 01:40:16 UTC 2009
> --- On Thu, 6/25/09, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> > ....
> > BillK my bees are up about half again from last year. Down
> by about a
> > factor of three from 2006 but coming back.
> Has there been any definitive on the cause? I've read of the
> issue now for a year or two in the science press and am not
> aware of anything conclusive... Regards, Dan
I have heard plenty of plausible sounding theories, but I don't know that
any have ever been proven conclusively. They disproved varoa mites, since
the mites are really an opportunist parasite, attacking hives already
weakened by something else. I would suspect it was just a virus that
evolved and took a big bite. Now the bees evolved around it, while the
virus also evolved to be less lethal to their hosts. Bugs are so cool like
I do recall from my earliest misspent youth that there have been bee
die-offs occasionally. The one in 2007 was just a particularly bad one.
They always come back after a couple years.
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