DianeBees wrote:Get a sample and test for Nosema?
Workers infected with Nosema spp. have shortened lifespans and spend more time outside the nest engaged in risky behaviors such as guarding, orientation flights, and foraging
Unfortunately this is the type of BBKA groupthink that persists. My bees do not have Nosema, show no signs of Nosema and go on to produce very strong colonies that often produce between 100-200lbs of honey. They are locally adaptive bees that will forage at very low temps as long as the winds allow. It is a massive failure of the BBKA that they don't understand the regions, traits and abilities of bees North of Watford, yet recommend locally adapted bees while having no understanding of what these bees do. Here in Teesside we would be better joining the SBA as they will have a better understanding of our bees and seasons. BBKA were borne of southern associations and have never truly lost that mentality..............