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alan
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:53 am    Post subject: Swarm Reply with quote

Hello,
There is a guy advertising a TBH on e,bay.He says he had thousands of bees,but they swarmed and lost them all.
Is this usual,do all bees leave?
I thought only some left usually?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alan

All bees leaving means that they absconded or perhaps suffered colony collapse disorder. It is possible that they swarmed themselves to death. Swarming occurs when a queen and roughly half of the flying bees leave the hive to start a new colony. A strong hive can swarm multiple times and on occasion, will be left either without a viable queen in which case they dwindle until there are none left or too small to survive winter. I guess the seller means that they swarmed themselves to death. Colony collapse disorder is unlikely here in the UK so I doubt that is the case.
It is of course possible that the seller put a swarm into the hive and they absconded. That happens with new hives sometimes especially if they have an open mesh floor. That will usually happen within the first day or two though.
I haven't seen the advert so I don't know if there is more info about the circumstances that would point in one direction or another.

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