Hive stealing has been around for a very long time. While this article discusses pretty well how “bee rustling” is impacted by almond season, it doesn’t go quite into the history of the malpractice.
Also, I’d like to add that the estimable gentleman from Bee Culture magazine that was quoted in this article is Kim Flottum (NOT Flossum). As always, excellent input Kim.
When $90,000 worth of bee colonies were stolen recently in Manvel, it raised one question among those outside the industry: Why? Why steal bees?
Source: Lost colonies: How bee rustling works
Beekeepers are being urged to remain on the lookout for small hive beetle this summer.
Source: Bees: Research targets small hive beetle
In a race against extinction, rusty patched bumble bee is listed as endangered
First bumble bee protected under the Endangered Species Act
Source: USFWS: Rusty patched bumble bee
JPtheBeeman joins the Bee Smart Weekly Podcast in his role as one of the regular host team.
Listen to “Episode 2” on Spreaker.