Why have these bees survived??

love2weed(Zn6)May 4, 2005

My father was a beekeeper and kept a hive at our house. He passed away three years ago and my husband attempted to take of the hive and then discovered he was highly allergic to bee stings. Since then no one has taken care of the hive. We figured that it would only last a short while. But to our amazement, it is still going strong. It actually had a swarm last week. Any insight as to why these bees have survived? We live in a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky and we are on the outskirts of a park.

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bambooo(6 CT USA)

You don't know for a fact that the bees did survive, you only know that the hive is active. They could as easily have died and then been inhabited by a swarm from someone elses managed hives.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2005 at 9:21AM
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love2weed(Zn6)

No, these bees never died off.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2005 at 6:17PM
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ccrb1(z5 IND)

I think Bamboo makes a good point. They could have died off, unless you went out and saw bees there every day. Every day.

However, they may the original survivors too. Maybe you have superior stock.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2005 at 6:29PM
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bambooo(6 CT USA)

Swarming tends to break the brood cycle, breaking the brood cycle also helps deplete varroa mites.
That coupled with some favorable conditions might be the reason they survived if in fact they are the continuation of the original colony.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 2:41PM
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Beeker(5b-6a)

My friend's hive didn't make it through this past winter, but there are already new bees that decided to take over the hive. It happens so fast sometimes. It is possible that it is the original colony, but it is also possible that it isn't. Unless you check the hive often you can't be sure either way. In that amount of time it is possible for the hive to have had a few different colonies. Who knows?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2005 at 10:14PM
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