Bees are a huge deal around here. They have been having trouble with the trachea mite and verroa mite. A million hives are trucked into here for a month or so and then they leave. That sucks about the ice cream, I'm a big fan.
Yeah, mostly almonds. To be more specific almonds although they will wind pollinate are greatly helped by insect pollinatin and the added yield affords them the money with which to pay bee keepers to come in and put their bees there for a month and then they are done. I think the bee keepers get $80/hive for the month. They put the bees out usually at night while they are inactive so you just usually see the out of state bee guy's rigs at the motel in the morning. They usually have a flat bed 2 axle truck with a trailer and an articulated swinger with a forklift mast or a skidsteer to unload/load the bee hives. The other crops that use bees like melons and stuff are usually serviced by the local bee guys. Deva is right about the wild bees, there are almost none left, and the ones left are usually severely weakened by the two mites I mentioned.
Me to. Couple of times I felt bad. Each hive in the wild seems to have it's own personality.
I have worked around a couple of hives that gave me no trouble at all. All the time running a saw & crossing their entry way.
Oh I kept my eye on them. One hand on my hitch while making sure my line stayed clear below me.
Even had the groudies roll the windows up on the trucks, so if I needed to come smoking out of the tree I had a safe place to retreat. Should they follow me.
Somebody mentioned to me before that if you find a large hive during a takedown to call a beekeeper & they'll gladly come gather it up ? That'd be cool if you knew someone local who could get there a.s.a.p. >>> I'd imagine that finding the queen would be their main objective ?
I don't think what we'd all kill working residentially or in the bush is much of a concern. Don't get me wrong I'm sure it's not helping the situation, but from what I've read about it it's more of a bee immune system problem. Sorta like AID's for bees but brought on from changes/stresses. That was my take from doing some googling.
I remember learning about this in college. They were still trying to figure out why back then, but they knew that a couple parasites were killing mass #'s of bees. The danger is that most plants rely on bees for pollination so they can reproduce. No more bees means no more plants, which will truly suck for everyone and everything.
Bees are fascinating. I had a few hives in the 80's. There is a lot of knowledge required to do a good job keeping them. Rumination, did they cut the comb out and put it in a hive? That is tricky work and unpleasant, as the bees get pissed. The easy way is take the whole section of the tree with you if possible.
No, the hive was in a 2' dia hollow limb that had cracked and gotten hung up in another tree. I had no choice but to cut it free and let it fall to the ground (surrounded by bees the whole time). The beekeeper then came in and I cut the log open to expose the hive. It was pretty much a disaster zone inside so the queen was probably squished. So just to salvage things he opened up an empty hive box and put some queen pheromone inside. It was amazing to see all the bees flock to it. He said he would try to either acclimate the bees to one of his existing hives or maybe give them a new queen to start a new hive. This was on Oahu, and the Big Island next door has a huge queen bee industry so he said for him new queens were pretty easy to come by. This was all before the varroa mite hit Hawaii.