I have been very impressed by the build up of the BeeWeaver bees that I have, but not impressed enough apparently. Two of my five hives have swarmed after only three weeks in the box.
Give them plenty of room and watch for queen cells!
Shucks! Had I been paying attention I could have split them and had more hives.
Gordon Thomason passed this article on to me, from June 7 Science Daily, as reported in the journal Science, regarding mites and deformed wing virus.
..."showed how the Varroa mite caused deformed wing virus (DWV) -- a known viral pathogen -- to increase its frequency among honey bee colonies from 10 per cent to 100 per cent. This change was accompanied by a million-fold increase in the number of virus particles infecting each honey bee and a massive reduction in…Continue