Well here’s my beeyard after the malathion.
- bee flight almost absent
- no massive piles of dead bees
- ****** horses!
The alfalfa was blooming. But few bees were flying. Hive inspections revealed most damage was done to foraging bees.
- 2 hives were unscathed
- 2 hives lost their foragers, but suffered minor bee loss at the hive
- 3 hives lost all foragers and suffered major bee loss at the hive, but still rearing brood
- 3 hives are goners, without foragers, few hive bees, no brood rearing
This equipment was brand new and now look at it.
Horses got into them. Chewed them up. And knocked them about. I’ve kept bees around horses for 40 years and haven’t nseen this kind of horse problem.
This season, my mongrel bees were replaced with gentle bees from Zia and Koehnen. They’re a joy to work.
But there’s something to be said for running mongrels. One encounter with them, and a horse seldom returns for another.
Not as bad as I thought. Not as good as I hoped. And a surprise tossed in as a bonus. Out of ten hives, here’s the results:
- 4 hives have survived and can overwinter
- 5 perished
- 2 hives need minor feeding to overwinter
- 2 hives need maximum feeding to overwinter
- the yard needs fencing or the bees moved to survive