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Re: E-M:/ RE: / Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder



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Enviro-Mich message from Diana Jancek <dijaan@charter.net>
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There is an interesting pdf at Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research & Extension Consortium (MAAREC)
http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/index.html
Scroll to New! Testimony of Diana Cox-Foster to House of Reps Committee on Ag, Sub-Committee on Horticulture & Organic Ag
A bit of the testimony:
"In CCD, the bee colony proceeds rapidly from a strong colony with many individuals to a colony with few or no surviving bees. Queens are found in collapsing colonies with a few young adult bees, lots of brood, and more than adequate food resources. No dead adult bees are found in the colony or outside in proximity to the colony. A unique aspect of CCD is that there is a significant delay in robbing of the dead colony by bees from other colonies or invasion by pest insects such as waxworm moths or small hive beetles; this suggests the presence of a deterrent chemical or toxin in the hive."



Susan Rasch wrote:
I suspect it has more to do with an invasive species taking over a native specie's habitat.

WovenWoman@aol.com wrote:
Could wasps be eating the bees?





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