If you read varroa problem in South Africa, you may se that in nature bees are smaller than "tamed bees" which produce more honey and have large size. That is result of human selection when beekeepers select better foragers.
Very true. Our African bees are the "REAL THING" and, therefore, slightly smaller than your bees. Smaller cells too. Not your hyped up super bugs after decades of selective breeding and big cell foundation. Whether your larger bees are better foragers, I classify as a myth, unless you have a decent study at hand proving you correct. Beekeeping and results of forage are always local. You yourself have spread the gospel many times, that honey yield depends on forage quality.
In South Africa African bee does not have natural varroa tolerance. Wild bees are in very bad condition everywhere. Beekeepers just wait that resistant bee stock emerge naturally somewhere.
Where did you get this fairy tale
from ? To the best of my knowledge, this is absolutely false
information you are spreading here. I shall try to substantiate this statement. Hope to be back on this (requested permission to publish a private communication I have received).
Finsky, you wrote
I am talking about information delivery responsibility.
I hope you take this as seriously as you advertise it. You should check your sources about the situation in South Africa, although the status there is the opposite of your personal beliefs, namely:
- the population did not collapse, both managed and feral
- the SA bees have bested varroa, i.e. they are largely varroa free by now
- SA beeks have adopted (largely) a strategy of no treatment
- Varroa being considered no more than a minor pest nowadays
- bottom line: No-one treats now, and the bees are healthy & happy.
Sorry to correct you, but that is actuality, not some old article somewhere on the web.