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Fwd: feral bee comeback?

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  • tomas mozer
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      >From: FloridaBeekeepers@yahoogroups.com
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      >To: FloridaBeekeepers@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [FloridaBeekeepers] Digest Number 210
      >Date: 22 Mar 2001 08:54:36 -0000
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      > Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 13:07:35
      > From: "tomas mozer" <tommozer@...>
      >Subject: Re: swarms
      >
      >glad to hear that swarms seem plentiful...see the latest "apis" issue for
      >news on feral bee comeback at
      >http://www.ifas.ufl.edu/~mts/apishtm/apis_2001/apfeb_2001.htm#7
      >especially this
      >"David Green in South Carolina <http://pollinator.com> recently wrote: "I
      >was impressed by the number of locations where I
      >found foraging honey bees where, to my knowledge, there were no domestic
      >bees within range. I did not announce this
      >observation last fall, thinking I'd wait to check on spring survival. Now I
      >think I am definitely seeing a trend in the area. I believe
      >many of the honey bees I'm seeing are feral, and have been feral for more
      >than one season." He concludes: "I am noticing a high
      >proportion of honey bees seen foraging that are a decided gray color. This
      >interests me, in that I have never kept a gray bee,
      >nor do I know of any other domestic bees in the area that are gray. The
      >gray
      >color is a characteristic of Caucasian bees, is it
      >not? They have never been popular here, and I have no experience with them.
      >Has someone introduced them at some point,
      >and do they have a Varroa resistance mechanism that the Italians and
      >Carniolans don't have? Which has caused a gradual rise
      >in their proportion in feral populations? I am thinking that the crash in
      >pollinator populations was caused by a coincidence of
      >two factors, pesticide misuse (in the wake of mosquito spraying after
      >hurricanes in the region) and Varroa mites. I believe that
      >we are also seeing some significant (but not complete) recovery. I'm
      >looking
      >for confirmation or refutation of this."

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