[ExI] bees again
spike66 at comcast.net
Fri Sep 7 01:50:52 UTC 2007
Doh! The bee disease causing colony collapse may have come from Australia,
It makes sense in a way. Australian bees have been bred for less time than
American and European bees. They tend to be only so-so pollinators and
honey makers, but they have a lot of natural resistance to diseases. This
article suggests that Australian bees introduced a virus into the American
domestic hives to which the Aussie bees were themselves immune.
When I found eleven dying bees this spring, I noticed they all had symptoms
that look like what they are describing, yet I saw no varroa mites or
trachea mites on any of the bees. I only managed to successfully dissect
one bee to verify it had no trachea mites.
This ruins a business idea I had: to breed Australian bees and sell or rent
the colonies. I wouldn't be surprised if it soon becomes illegal to import
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