Deb Stephens wrote:Well this is good to know. My husband is all excited now because we have kicked this around for years -- arguing for and against and never quite deciding. I think the thing that sort of clinches the deal for me is the very sensible observation that if we already have feral honeybees, they are obviously not causing a problem and one more hive will probably make no difference. YAY! Now to find a local source for the bees. Anyone know a place where we could buy a hive of non-migratory bees? I do NOT want to buy a hive that has been doped up on insecticides and dragged around the country being stressed. I want a healthy hive of normal sized bees who like staying in one place -- preferably in SW Missouri.
Peter DeJay wrote:They have no hive to defend so they have absolutely no need for aggression. Like the song goes, "When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose"
Mike Turner wrote:Around here, when the varroa mites killed out the local feral honeybees, the native pollenators experienced a population boom. Since then, honeybees have made a very limited recovery, but are still way outnumbered by the natives.
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