SAD and BAD Bees

While doing a little clean up work on this site, I went back to BeeSource’s POV page to get a link. And while there, was drawn to re-read some of Andy Nachbaur’s Bee-L posts.

Andy was one of the first commercial beekeepers on the net. I never met him. But always found him well worth reading.

And who can forget his experiments with web scripting. Remember his bee swarm cursor? That was at a time when web graphics were a novel experience.

Anyway, Andy Nachbaur was gone for awhile. But it’s worth spending time with Andy’s writings. They are informative and his dry wit is entertaining. He wrote:

MY REPORT ON S-A-D AND B-A-D BEES from 35 years field experience.

Stress Accelerated Decline [SAD] and Bee Immune Deficiency [BAD] are not new spectacles in managing honeybees, or is it even limited to honeybees. They have been described in the popular and scientific literature for over one hundred years, by both beekeepers and biologists.

The SAD or BAD condition in bees in the United States was called by many names in years past. Such as Isle of Wight Disease, Afro-hereditary Disease, fall, winter, or spring Collapse or Decline, and Disappearing Disease. The cause was diagnosed by biologists as everything from poor nutrition to pest infestations. Such as the TRACHEAL MITE, which is at this time is the populace view. It is my opinion, based on my own experience with bees, that all of the above and every other natural and unnatural condition that afflicts bees, that can be identified as stressful can be made scape goat for SAD or BAD bees. (Including weather; hot, cold, wet or dry; pesticides; and management; good or bad.)

Most of this speculation only leads to SAD BEEKEEPERS…

Interested? Andy has more to say about  SAD and BAD bees.

I noticed that unique odor from my CCD hives. But just never remembered reading about it.

Check out the rest of Andy’s writings. And look over BeeSource’s POV. There’s some good stuff there.


Scroll to top