First of all I just want to say that I dont agree or disagree with the author of the book "beekeeping problems and problem beekeepers' I just found his opinion interesting and that maybe there is something to it. I dont think he is saying that the bees are necessarily swarming or absconding as we typically think of but that maybe the bees are behaving in a different manor than they would have before some AHB genes getting mixed. We know that/think bees will leave the hive if they are sick and not return. Will they just fly of if something is wrong if they have a certain a.H.B. gene? I dont know, or have any real opinion on it, just thought it was an interesting theory and thought I should share it.
To get a real accureate feeling for what the author of the book is getting across you will have to read the book, and absorb all he has written before and after these statements. below (blue) is taken from the book with my poor typing skills
Im view of what I have written above, I will stick my neck out and expound my concerns about the disappearing diseases or the so called colony collapse disorder. As I write my ideas on the subject, others are haggling over disappearing disease. Some of their conclusions are as follows: transportation, disturbances, viruses, bacteria, fungi, nosema, weather, nutrition, and the use of cell phones.
My hypothesis is that all of the above are partially right. I feel that Aricanization of our bees is the root of the problem. The Africainization influence has escalated and appears to worsen every year.
Queen breeders commercially select for gentleness and productivity with little regard for swarming or absconding tendencies. Are all their breeding yards totally free of Africanized drones? Bees having some of the Africanized traits are slowly creeping into the mating yards. The trait I am most concerned with is their swarming and absconding tendencies.
Africanized bees swarm more frequent than European colonies. The Arricanized trait of absconding involves their bees departing as a result of something they dont like.[/color]